In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?
In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing", filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.
Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you understand every decision you make. Never again will you think about thinking the same way.
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"Entertaining and illuminating." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gladwell's groundbreaking explication of a key aspect of human nature is enlightening, provocative, and great fun to read." (Booklist)
Practice Makes Perfect -- why experts are better and faster, even if they can't tell you why.
Loved this book except for the corny music in the background at the beginning/end of chapters and stories/intros.
Audible initiates the creative imagery whereas television dulls the senses.
Never a wasted moment, every book Malcolm Gladwell leaves you wanting more...
The succinct style of writing with no wasted self aggrandizement, every book he has written is better a classic in the making.
He brings a wide range of experience and resources to everything he writes.
Knowledge is a tool and he gives you a complete tool-chest.
Like an Oreo cookie, you can't stop at one, you'll be looking for more and hoping that he will write just one more.
This book is full of insightful observations that tie unlikely situations together, which is very much in line with this great author's style. The moral of the book is hard to simplify without bastardizing it in the process, which is maybe one of the reasons why I think Gladwell wrote the book. I recommend this book to anyone who is curious as to how much we know about how and why people make all kinds of prejudices and stereotypes, which is interesting and surprising.
Engaging, interesting and entertaining.
Malcolm Gladwell, his personal anecdotes
Initial scene of the sculpture
Along the same lines as Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. I felt that this was a very good book, but higher expectations after reading Outilers - which was great!! In this installment, much like The Freakonomics', Gladwell feels like he is stretching a bit to tie some (not all) of the relationships together or relies heavily on weaker hypotheses as though they are "conventionally" more widely accepted.
Gladwell's reading was fantastic. An author reading his own book is always a gem. His reading is smooth and flawless with a very easy cadence. And as he installs the vocal inflections where he intended them with dramatic pauses, hesitation, or exclamation, the emotion is palpable.
How "hunches" or intuition may have a stronger impact on decisions.
I think I would like this book a little better if I hadn't just heard Outliers, which set an impossibly high bar. It is still definitely worth the read as Gladwell is an excellent author that is sure to bestow perspectives that you hadn't considered.
Never read the printed version but the audio version is very captivating. My buddy started listening to it along with me in the car and bought the printed version just so he could finish the book. He liked it that much.
In introduction where they talk about the art auction and what transpired around that purchase.
No but this one is a winner.
Your first impressions should not be discounted so much because there are many, many things our brain picks up on that we are not conscious of because our brain is that good.
This book will give you the freedom to trust your intuition a little more and to stop questioning your first impressions so much.
My teenage son needed a non-fiction book for his honors English class. He chose Blink and loved it! He still brings up things that he learned about how the brain works. As the mom of this "jock", I'm just so happy he found something that interested him other than sports and spies!
In my earlier years I thought that my instinctual responses were more of a mystical nature that I could not understand, Malcolm reveals the actual workings within those quick milliseconds of the moment, and how you can direct or correct your natural response in future situations.
Highly recommended. Its amazing what happens in those few seconds before we have the time to absorb a high stress situation. Enjoyed this very much
I'm a photo retoucher, so audiobooks are my salvation from boredom. I listen to a couple books a week & several I've listened to more than once. It's extremely rare, though, for me to review a book b/c honestly, I just don't have the time. ....gonna make an exception here.
1. Semi entertaining / interesting stories - anecdotal information that was pretty easy to listen to & loosely kept my attention . That's about all I ask of an audiobook, to be frank. They can't all be gems.
2. Author's voice was just fine. I wouldn't say I would seek out more books narrated by him, but it wasn't grating to listen to....again, that's all I really ask for.
3. What I didn't ask for was to be hit over the head with an incredibly offensive, ignorant remark made by one of the "characters" in Gladwell's book without even as much as an acknowledgement that the remark was at best a bit questionable.
A facial expressions "expert" was given videos of 2 groups of people - remote cultures that he knew nothing about. All context as to what kind of people they were was removed so that he could make his discernment based solely on their facial movements.
One culture was a very gentle, kind, peaceful tribe. The other was a warring, violent tribe with a ritual that gave pre-pubescent boys male to male leaders of the tribe as essentially sex slaves.
Gladwell recounts the "expert" as stating definitively that the 2nd tribe appeared to be a violent culture with very pronounced tendencies toward homosexuality.
EXSQUEEZE ME? ARE YOU KIDDING? I almost fell out of my chair.... SO, BASICALLY, GLADWELL IS PRESENTING THE AMAZING FACTUAL FINDINGS OF THIS "EXPERT" WHO EQUATES PEDOPHILIA WITH HOMOSEXUALITY .....and not even the slightest hint that the author may have suspected this to be a bit out of bounds. ....I did a couple quick searches online and found that Gladwell does appear to be fine with "the gay" - so, basically his omission is just one of ignorance & block-headishness.
Ick. Yuck. Gross.
Will not be purchasing any other books from this author. From what I've gotten from this book, I doubt I'll be missing much.
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