Blink – The power of thinking without thinking (8.5/10)

Image created by Andrew Martin Copyright 2015
Image created by Andrew Martin Copyright 2015

Malcolm Gladwell’s book is enlightening at the very least. His position is that the human mind makes choices in an instant that we know to be right, that hours of thought simply could not get right.

I enjoyed reading the book and the premise is interesting. It is unproven but does come close enough to my experience that I cannot help but put some faith in the ideas Gladwell presents.

I am not sure that everything he writes can be backed up by science, and there are lots of people who decry the ‘thin-slicing’ method proposed in the book. However, humans can with the benefit of experience and reflection, understand in moments what is true and what is not by how a person presents themselves through body language, expression and mannerism. So perhaps there is something to it after all.

There’s an interesting Wiki page devoted to the book and it is worth the read (for and against).

 

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