Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and the Markets and The Black Swan has a new book out, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.
Slate has an interesting interview up. I was struck by this question/answer:
LG: Do you apply these principles to your life?
NNT: I lift stones and do weightlifting. I don’t go to the doctor except when I’m very ill, and when I go to India, I drink a drop of local water. Things like this harness the body’s antifragility. I have never had personal debt and never will. I also picked a profession in which I am antifragile, because any attack makes me stronger. When I write about something, I have skin in the game, and I have benefited more from attacks on The Black Swan than been harmed by them.