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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Don't miss any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, articles, and interviews.

©2005 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Quill Award Nominee

"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)

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    "Well done."

    Not sure who recommended the music to begin each chapter but overall an excellent book.

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    Most interesting studies cited so as you will understand at least some if your intuitiveness

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    Mike Rego 02-17-16
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    Another Gladwell gem. Well researched and delivered. The authors reading of his book adds to the overall continuity in terms of tone, inflection and proper emphasis.

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    Christy Whitehouse, TX, United States 02-17-16
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    "Terrible book."

    This book is nothing but a white guilt, whites are bad, white people are racist blame book. I as many others have racism fatigue.

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    "Ridiculous premise"

    As Ravich says "it takes year and years of deep study to become truly expert so that you are then qualified to make snap decisions". The blink judgment is utterly ridiculous. What a waste of my time. I could tell in a blink it would be so after the first chapter. Wait, maybe Gladwell was correct after all ...

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    Tom 808 02-15-16
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    "Explore the benefits and risks of snap judgements"

    I throughly enjoyed Gladwell's exploration of both the positives of tuning ones ability to decide in the moment via microslicing time and exposure, but also the risk of being blinded into a autistic rigidity by time or pressure that will betray your otherwise innate decision making capabilities. And great anecdotes, scientific and social research and backdrops to frame the points. Bravo Malcolm, fun work..

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    "Great book."

    Loved it. I learned a lot about my biases I didn't know I had and how to mitigate them or gain from them. With all the public discontent with police shootings I found the authors analysis of the their cognitive processes enlightening and now understand how it happens so easily and how to reduce them. Fascinating that heart rates shut down sensory receptors. Police officers frequently report they never hear their guns go off and things are in slow motion . As a hunter I have had the same Experience many times. Now I know why . This book moves around from food , sports, politics , autism , police and non verbal communications . You will learn something for sure . Great book I really enjoyed it.

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    Riley Jensen Salt Lake City, UT 01-30-16
    Riley Jensen Salt Lake City, UT 01-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I love Gladwell's style."

    I love Gladwell's style. Blink is another great book in Gladwell's interesting line. Because of blink, I was able to make adjustments in my company's marketing commercials with much more confidence and ease of mind.

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    Russ 01-20-16
    Russ 01-20-16

    Mn transplant from california. Computer geek online seller, who loves hiking, hunting, sailing, singing and writing music.

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    "Insightful and well researched"

    Malcolm gladwell's book Blink shows us how judgement and instinct work and how having too much information can be a big mistake. He give great examples how snap judgement can be a horrible thing and how experience, practice, and well thought out simple rules can be all we really need to get the job done and may even save your life. Malcolm's gentle warm voice leads you on this jurney of insight and adventure connecting the dots of the human experience.

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    Victor G. 01-19-16
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    "Great book. Very insightful."

    If you looking to boost your awareness and the potential of your intuition, this book is a must.
    The auther dose a great job narrating, he a natural.

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