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Interesting enough, but an expanded article rather than a book,
This review is from: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Paperback)
Gladwell certainly writes well and entertainingly about an interesting subject - but as each new chapter started I began by thinking 'right, NOW we are going to have some advances, NOW the arguments are going to be explored and developed,' and basically, they never were. The book said what it had to say really within the first couple of chapters, with examples of where 'thin-slicing' worked, and examples of where it didn't.
In the end, what it came down to was 'well here are situations whereby 'intuition' or a snap response as opposed to an overload of information wins out' - and whoops, 'here we have situations where people have made some very serious errors of judgement because they have worked from gut feelings that are actually prejudiced, and their 'unconcious biases' have been lethal.' And here are some more examples of these situations. And here are even more examples. And - well here are a few more.
But the book as a whole didn't really go anywhere.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2007 18:06:19 GMT
An excellent review that is absolutely spot on. The book's key idea is potentially fascinating but Gladwell fails to develop his thesis.
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 16:12:17 GMT
nicholas hargreaves says:
The author obviously knows a thing or two about this concept .A quick glance at the words on the cover including his name immediately start unconscious processing GLAD, WELL , POWER ,WITHOUT THINKING and a picture of a comfy office chair. Every dull middle management troll on the planet will be salivating like Pavlov's' dog before they've even read a review.
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 17:05:43 BDT
Alex Carroll says:
Well... I understand the frustration behind reading this book, or other books of his. I got it too.
I too was constantly waiting to get to the meat. Hoping I'd be given THE formula to really start applying thin-slicing consciously or improving the "power" of my gut-feeling-interpretations.
But I think you sort of missed the point.
This book does not aim at selling a miracle pill, it paints a picture [perfect or not -but scientific- in as much as it quotes verifiable sources] of human ability and experience -that most of use are not aware drive their decision making -around the clock.
Perhaps -and I believe the author makes that explicit in the foreword*- is to introduce you to the unsuspecting power of your senses; i.e. not to bore you with technical neurophysics that would have best suited a different audience.
*though I can't actually verify this because I have passed the book on - that's how much I DID enjoy it.
Hi craft is turning the subject matter into something you want to read, NOT something you don't want to read.
I agree that putting an ugly CEO desk chair on one of the book's edition did probably hook fish from the wrong pool though.
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