I’m only 26 pages into Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell, but I already know it’s a great book.
Which is actually the point of the book.
I don’t usually do this, recommend a book I haven’t finished yet, but writing this post makes the 4th time today I’ve referenced this book. The examples from what I’ve read in this book so far have applied in three different conversations today. And I’m only on page 26.
Gladwell’s thesis (and remember, I’m only on page 26, so I could be off here) is that our intuitive senses often provide better sources of data than we usually credit them for.
Remember being told as a child not to make snap judgments? Gladwell’s perspective instead says that we actually don’t always make our best decisions by gathering more data or endlessly deliberating them. Instead, by improving our abilities to sort out the variables that do matter in a decision, we can make better decisions faster.
So, my "thin-slice" review of this book, from page 26, is: read it.
Jodee Bock says
We are so on the same page as far as our book tastes go! I, too, enjoyed Blink – and have now gotten introduced to Think – Michael R. LeGault’s flip side view of Gladwell’s work. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks interesting. The subtitle is “Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye.”
I’ll let you know what I learn.
In the meantime, keep up the thoughtful posts! We must connect sometime – maybe in Alexandria!
Hanna Cooper says
Jodee: Can’t wait to hear what you think of “Think”. We’ll have to “Think” and “Blink” together in person soon!
Good one ! Yes, you can tell a lot about Blink after only a few pages :-). Have you read Tipping Point ?