Antifragile Quote 17 – Too Much Information is Bad

A very rarely discussed property of data: it is toxic in large quantities—even in moderate quantities.

anyone who listens to news (except when very, very significant events take place) is one step below sucker.

Too much information would thus be too much stress, exceeding the threshold of antifragility.

The best solution is to only look at very large changes in data or conditions, never at small ones.

There is so much noise coming from the media’s glorification of the anecdote. Thanks to this, we are living more and more in virtual reality, separated from the real world, a little bit more every day while realizing it less and less.

the best way to mitigate interventionism is to ration the supply of information, as naturalistically as possible.

the more data you get, the less you know what’s going on, and the more iatrogenics you will cause.


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