Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire.
Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.
I’d rather be dumb and antifragile than extremely smart and fragile, any time.
There are even financial contracts that are antifragile: they are explicitly designed to benefit from market volatility.
It is far easier to figure out if something is fragile than to predict the occurrence of an event that may harm it. Fragility can be measured; risk is not measurableRead more at location 354
we can almost always detect antifragility (and fragility) using a simple test of asymmetry: anything that has more upside than downside from random events (or certain shocks) is antifragile; the reverse is fragile.
Crucially, if antifragility is the property of all those natural (and complex) systems that have survived, depriving these systems of volatility, randomness, and stressors will harm them. They will weaken, die, or blow up. We have been fragilizing the economy, our health, political life, education, almost everything … by suppressing randomness and volatility.