Read: 📚 Taleb, Pratchett, Aristotle

Quickly summing up the books that I’ve completed lately

Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Like Taleb’s book usually full of very thought provoking ideas about probability and risk and life in general. This one I had some preconceptions about based on things I’ve read, but I think you will be fine as long as you stick with solid ethical argument of that one must have skin in the game (i.e. if you get to enjoy profits of your risk-taking, you should also suffer the consequences when things don’t go your way) not to create unethical and unsustainable systems.

Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

Talking about ethics, I revisited “Nicomachean Ethics” by Aristotle which I have read for “Classics” course at the university. Sometimes it feels like I am missing a lot of context (modern explanations at the end helped a lot), sometimes I feel that I am really following one of the great thinkers. If you hear terms like “phronesis”, you heard it first in this book. I will revisit this one for sure, it feels like something that needs several readings to really open up.

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

When I want to read something “light and easy” I’ve lately reached for either Discworld or Vorkosigan Saga. This one was fun from the start to end even if I am not fully on board with constant barrage of Pratchett’s humour. Sometimes I feel like I am at the receiving end of wink, wink, nudge, nudge and at other times I feel the great warmth in his writing. All and all for me, his books are the book equivalent of comfort food.