The Black Swan

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable is a book by the essayist, scholar, philosopher and statistician Nassim Taleb. Image attribution: Port Jackson Painter

The Black Swan is a nice reminder on uncertainty and the unknown in life. We educators always have to shake away the traditional aspects of “we have always done it this way” or “that will never work here” in our teaching. Expect the unexpected!

Taleb also uses the art of story telling to portray his message. This method of learning in health is helpful, reflect back to practice and we remember certain events related to a patient situation (some good, some bad experiences). Take a look at theNursePath for the art of story telling in healthcare and discussing the important topics that we commonly experience.

“Metaphors and stories are far more potent (alas) than ideas; they are also easier to remember and more fun to read” (Taleb, 2007)


Taleb, N. N. (2007). The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable. Random House.