Summary and Critique of “The Black Swan”

Mark Looi
23 min readAug 20, 2020

Nassim Nicholas Taleb has written a now famous book¹ about the highly improbable and its impact on us. He also directly addresses many of the same cognitive flaws that are explored in Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow² and Hans Rosling’s Factfulness³. He goes further to tie these flaws to our propensity to downplay risks and engage in wishful thinking.

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Mark Looi

Entrepreneur, technologist, business strategist, history buff, photographer, with a diverse range of interests.