A great summary of recent brain studies for those who are not neuroscience professors. Interesting findings that inspire hope for the middle aged brain, provided some real world tips on keeping your brain sharp, and even tossed in some parenting advice for teenagers who don't sleep. I now add blueberries to every meal I can put them in (my favorite: 1 cup blueberries + 1/2 cup syrup, simmer for 10 minutes, pour over waffles)
I love books read by the authors, and Mr. Gladwell does an excellent job of presenting his material for the listener.
"blink" gives great examples of the importance of practice. "blink" argrues the practiced expert can make snap decisions with better accuracy than hours of detailed analysis. The book then warns that making snap decisions without practice can have disaterous results. Gladwell ties together the benefits and risks of snap decisions by exploring tools to reduce errors by providing structure for decisions (i.e. blind auditions for the orchestra, single police units).
My take away: Trust your gut, as long as you have developed it first.
The book is an entertaining listen and well read by Drummond. It tends to repeat the same thought over and over, which may be deliberate given the authors message of "deliberate practice". There were a few good ideas, such as "go back and study your foundations"; it is amazing how easy it is to lose knowledge that is not refreshed. Overall I enjoyed it, but I did have to play it at 1.5 speed to get passed the repetition (thank you Audible App).
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