'Blink' did not really do it for me. In my opinion, the material seemed to state the obvious quite a bit. Perhaps the material was too left brain for my liking; not satisfing my craving for a spiritual uplift or setting off any great, "ah has". I think I liked the title and the cover material mostly. Nevertheless, the book did spark some insights and the author seemed enthusiastic.
I thought the book was excellent. Very thought provoking. It didn't provide any framework for doing thin-slicing on your own, but I didn't expect that. They had a very interesting section on speed dating, where the participants have a short time to make decisions on dating. When asked to articulate their decisions, we learn that the descriptions change to match their decisions. Fasinating insight into how the mind works. The troubling thing is to try an ascertain when its okay to make quick decisions, and when it is not.
It's about "rapid cognition." But don't let that overly-academic phrase turn you off. Gladwell has spun a fascinating yarn about the way in which our brains work, often on a level that is not mediated by our conscious thought(s).
Gladwell reads beautifully, and you're bound to find more than a little surprising here
This could have been an article.
I really liked this book. It's purpose is to make the listener aware of many things that we do automatically. He characterizes what we do that works and what doesn't. Highly recommended.
Book starts out with an interesting story about spotting a museum fake art piece. However, from there it takes a tangent to how people judge others by their appearance, especially race, gender, height. The publisher's comments made me think it was a book about psychology, but it is more like a commentary on human activities and the dangers of relying on visual perceptions of events too strongly. The author is talented, but the book was not as described in the publisher's write up. The stories related in the book are things I have heard elsewhere. I did not see any "cutting edge neuroscience" as the publisher advertised.
I don't have any argument or disagreement at all with any of the content in this book. That said, Gladwell's books (Blink and Tipping Point) seem to simply take common sense, add some repetitive filler and print it, and somehow it is seen as revolutionary. As I read (listened to) the book, there were a lot of "well, of course, everybody knows that" moments.
I think the book is accurate, but not revolutionary.
When you begin this amazing book, you better not blink or you will miss one of its many hidden surprises. The author takes the reader inside the secret world of research assumed to be dull and tedious. Each case study shows how the simplest of events can reveal secrets with ever so slight tweaking. It is a joyous, educational fun ride.
Interesting read (listen), full of factoids. But I learned nothing that would allow me to apply this to my own life. Self improvement was my goal.