Despite the negative consequences from coronavirus, there are some useful things from quarantine. We propose to spend the spare time usefully.
So, today we are offering to readers a selection of ESQUIRES’ partner Opanas Karlin, Head of practice of the criminal law and business defense, lawyer of the year 2019 according to the Ukrainian Bar Association.
Each of these books resonates incredibly with the main challenges, fears, distortions, illusions and expectations of modern life, explaining the essence and nature of recent events and giving motivation and tips for overcoming the crisis.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb “The Black Swan”
Publisher: “Our format”
The book is about how not to be a loser in modern life.
Recently, the book has been quoted and remembered, but has everyone comprehended its utilitarian philosophy and implemented advice from the book in their everyday routine?
Some areas of life are extremely difficult (rather, not at all) to predict (in its usual sense), and individual events in them (“black swans”) have extremely dangerous consequences. These are mainly areas in which complex non-linear systems operate: society, economics, and politics.
Despite a common misconception, the past may not give any clues to predict the future: the effect of a turkey, whose whole life experience is exclusively feeding and caring, right up to Thanksgiving. While making the decisions in the areas of “Extreme condition”one should ignore the prediction of the likelihood of an event, and focus on its possible consequences, which are much more realistic to predict.
The author revealed: the prevalence of negative tips over positive ones, the non-applicability of refined game models in real life, and why incorrect forecasts are much worse than the lack of forecasts. The book gives a key to understanding of the investing principles in conditions of uncertainty.
In the end, the ironic warlike style of the book will not leave you indifferent: the graceful intellectual author mercilessly destroys the usual notions and authorities. The book leaves open questions, as well as an aftertaste such as from exciting communication with a super-interesting person.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb “Anti-fragility. About (un) vulnerable in real life “
Publisher: “Our format”
Significant development and practical filling of the “Black Swan” idea is found in the book “Anti-fragility. About (un) vulnerable in real life.”
Everything that does not kill us makes us stronger. Nietzsche’s formula received unexpected scientific justification and practical application in various fields of life: economics, politics, medicine, and even raising children.
Anti-fragility are systems that not only withstand the pressure of negative factors, but also become better then it, systems that precept certain amount of chaos and stress.
It is important to recognize fragile and strive for anti-fragility (not to be confused with invulnerability). It is worthy to realize that peace harms ant-fragile systems, and let moderate chaos into some areas of life.
The book on the fragility of everything large, centralized, totally controlled, regulated, on how to act and improve in conditions of chaos is an indispensable guide in modern life.
Jared Diamond “Arms, Germs, and Steel”
In order to equip yourself with majestic and terrible examples of “black swans” in the history of mankind read the book “Weapons, germs and steel” by Jared Diamond. Fateful and completely unpredictable events ruthlessly shaped the modern world. The discovery and rapid development of the New World, significant scientific discoveries are all the offspring of chance, which have deep (primarily geographical) determinants, but could not be foreseen or consciously achieved by humanity.
The author explores the historical reasons of the irregularities of modern states, starting from the geographical distribution in the world of wild edible plants and ancestors of domestic animals, ending with an analysis of the effectiveness of various types of organizations. The “principle of optimal fragmentation” invented by the author is extremely consonant with the ideas of Taleb.
It is also a book about ways of spread of ideas and technologies, the basics of speech and cultural diversity, selection, an explanation of the success of various forms of government. Currently, the studies of the evolution of viruses are in demand.
In addition to an interesting account of historical events, based on recent scientific discoveries, the author highlights proven algorithms of principles of actions that led to the success of individuals, organizations and entire nations.
Joe Dispenza «Manage of Subconscious”
Despite the abundance of literature about the ability to manage your own life with the power of thought, the most practical and scientifically justified is Joe Dispenza’s book “Manage Your Subconscious. Change your own life. ”
A powerful combination of discoveries in quantum physics, neurobiology, genetics and psychology with sacred practices allowed the author to develop a method of gradual radical change in his life, tested by his own experience, to become the person of his dreams. The author will teach to literally program your own future. The book contains techniques of effective meditation.
This a book is for modern people who are skeptical of all esotericism, but strive for self-development and improvement of their lives, it is invaluable in isolation.
Frederic Laloux “Reinventing of Organisation”
Publisher: Book Club Family Leisure Club
Finally, to deal with the fashionable concept of “turquoise organization” will help the book of Frederic Laloux ” Reinventing of the Future.”
The author analyzes the types of organizations that have developed in the process of historical development of mankind and are present in modern society. The book explores in detail the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of each of the types of organizations, their inherent management models, distribution of responsibility and decision-making methods. Each type of organization has specific qualities: the ability to scale, interchangeability of links, efficiency.
The methods of delegation invented by mankind are of greatest interest, conflict resolution and the search for the happiness of workers, analyzed on examples of individual “turquoise” companies.
Oddly enough, Laloux emphasizes the effectiveness of self-government, decentralization, certain uncertainty and optimal fragmentation in the construction and work of organizations, and allows harmoniously weaving the ideas of his book into a worldview panel skillfully created by the authors described above.
In conclusion, if it seemed to you that life has recently been extremely unfair to people, I highly recommend Voltaire’s philosophical tale, “Shoot, or Fate.”
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