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Of cats and washing machines - Nassim Taleb's "Antifragile"

Why beheading those who fail worked for the Babylonians and why jogging is bad for you - Nassim Taleb, one of the world's leading thinkers on how to live in an uncertain world.

Nassim Taleb is famous as the scourge of economists, statisticians and bankers. This former trader turned writer forecast the banking collapse in his bestselling book The Black Swan. He also made a fortune betting it would happen.

Now he's written a new book, Antifragile, which he says is a guide to life in this uncertain world. He tells us why beheading worked for the Babylonians, why jogging is bad for you and why a cat is different from a washing machine.

Plus leading British businessman John Moulton on why it would be good for the economy if more companies went bankrupt.

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