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)
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.
Apparently if you're well versed in a given field of study or occupation you may have the ability to (in the blink of an eye) evaluate a situation or object and come to a useful and correct conclusion instantly. That is unless you make a mistake and draw the wrong conclusion based on your prejudices acquired over the years.
Uh huh, so what's the point?
The comparisons made to Freakonomics don't work for me. "Freak" concentrates more on numbers and the conclusions drawn have (to me) more of the ring of truth. Blink doesn't seem to really have a unified message.
There are a few interesting details in the book but it is thin on content overall and I didn't take much away from it.
This was really a fascinating book, but I would recommend getting the print version if you have the time to read it. Malcom Gladwell did some really good research and writes a good book, I just think the audio version would have been more appealing if he had gotten someone else to read it. The narration is a bit whiny and overdone. I would have given it 5 stars with a different narrator.
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