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Book review : Blink

November 28, 2006


Blink : the power of thinking without thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (Penguin, 2005) greatly challenged by belief that you need lots of information to make a correct decision. I discovered that sometimes you don’t.

Blink relates many stories where a spontaneous decision is made in the blink of an eye, and it has turned out to be a very effective decision. Gladwell explains, using much research, that our brains are constantly picking up information that our conscious mind is largely unaware of. This information can be used to make a decision without going through the normal channels of gaining knowledge.

However towards the end of the book Gladwell relates times when our preconceived ideas and other factors can interfere with this process and the results can be devastating. He relates several stores where innocent people have been shot by police who genuinely believed they were acting in self-defense. This was a sobering note to bring out as the book was drawing to a close and I wondered if it could have been included earlier in the book.

Overall though I found the book to be fascinating with lots of interesting stories and theories to be considered.

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Susan Barnes

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4 thoughts on “Book review : Blink”

  1. Hi Susan,
    It’s nice to meet you! I would love to visit Austrailia, but I hate to fly! We traveled to S.Africa last March, and that trip was really long…I can’t imagine going further, but you never know! I have good friends in New Zealand that I would love to see again…but with a daughter of to college in the fall, and us building a new home, a trip like that is going to have to wait!

  2. Hi Susan,
    It’s nice to meet you! I would love to visit Austrailia, but I hate to fly! We traveled to S.Africa last March, and that trip was really long…I can’t imagine going further, but you never know! I have good friends in New Zealand that I would love to see again…but with a daughter of to college in the fall, and us building a new home, a trip like that is going to have to wait!

  3. Thanks for dropping by Cathy. Flying doesn’t excite me much either but it’s quicker than the alternatives.

  4. Thanks for dropping by Cathy. Flying doesn’t excite me much either but it’s quicker than the alternatives.

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