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)
This book is very interesting and ties everything together nicely. Gladwell mentions many pieces of scientific research. I listen to these at work and I found myself running to tell my coworker something exciting the book just described quite often. Overall a very good book. I recommend it.
I like audiobooks now better than written books, because i can do things while listening. My iPod is small and I can keep it in my bra, while digging in the garden, sweeping the floor or doing dishes.
When I realized that this is a book that presents cutting edge research data in an interesting and approachable style and which I can use in my work and life to quote from and sound smart.
Where they say that even if people listen to word salads of only seconds length, people can get the gist... hmm maybe I should get my PHD
I have to listen to the book again to tell you
I loved the great flow and narration.
It is something that I had intuition about, but never thought that it had any scientific basis.
The scene of police killing at NY was my favorite
Nope. I was glued to the book. Finished as early as I could.
Concise, incisive, illuminating.
Gladwell weaves several stories to illuminate his ideas about how we make decisions, and the strengths and weaknesses inherent in that.
Malcolm Gladwell writes about ideas, individuals, and cultural sensibilities that affect and impact us all. Blink is a collection of these, all sharing a common thread. He won't change the way you think so much as he will change the way you see.
I enjoy all of Malcolm Gladwell's books and this one did not disappoint. Once in a while I like a good fictional read, but I prefer nonfiction. I learn so much from his books and am amazed at the wealth of information he is able to gather. In each chapter, he relates another incident to illustrate his message of the power of what a person can notice and act on in the blink of an eye. Then he weaves the stories together as he goes along to further elucidate his point. I was particularly intrigued by his stories of police officers and what they must react to in the blink of an eye in order to safeguard life. I admire their work and the difficult decisions they must make even more because of Malcolm Gladwell's description of how the senses perceive depending on one's heart rate. Fascinating! I would read/listen to it again.
I'm always fascinated by psychology and enjoy understanding myself and my fellow man in greater detail. Blink made a major change in my method of thinking. I crave more data and information and believe with sufficient data, I can analyze and solve any problem. Blink made me consider that often, I need virtually no data at all to surmise a situation and respond to it properly and efficiently. This was the first Malcolm Gladwell book I have enjoyed, and I will look forward to learning much more from his other book offerings.
Thought provoking, engaging
Although engrossing enough to do so, this book has natural 'breaks' that makes it suitable for multiple sittings.
Seems like a teenager could get sucked in and find themself interested. I had already read - and kept! - the book. Now I have something really good to listen to the next time I find myself on a road trip. I have Mr. Gladwell's other books, too. Good stuff!
family tree buff
Not sure. I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for more practical applications and a little less about probability.
It was a lot like The Drunkard's Walk, but I would recommend Blink over The Drunkard's Walk.
Blink was an ideal choice for an audio book. Although it presents a central theme—the exploration of thought before consciousness of thought—the episodes of the book are virtually discrete. The reader encounters an ancient item of sculpture that tests well, but that a handful of experts know at a glance is a copy; gamblers who know, before they can say why, that one deck of cards rather than another contains bad news; a fireman who senses that the conflagration he is sent to extinguish is not in the kitchen, as it appears to be, but rather hidden in the basement; a psychologist who predicts with near perfect accuracy on the basis of mere minutes of overheard conversation at the next table, that the marriage between the speakers will not survive. I don’t recall a book that, so often, imparted so many ideas that I had either not thought of or had thought of inaccurately.
Which isn’t to say that I believed everything I read. In isolated instances, I wondered if all relevant causes of a given phenomenon had been explored; yet, for the most part, I enjoyed lots of how-about-that moments.
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