Sunday, September 11, 2005

Book review: Blink

I just finished reading the latest from Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking). It was an interesting read. He connects anecdotes across areas of medicine, medicine, murder, music, and military strategy. The connections are loose and essentially involve the premise that decision-making is often best with narrow yet prioritized key information (he calls this “thin-slicing”). He adds that this doesn’t always work though.

I felt good while reading this book, because I was already familiar with a few of the anecdotes. Besides the loose connection between possible statistical anomalies, Gladwell repeats himself especially at the end of chapters. It is an easy read because much of it is not Gladwell’s words, but those of his interviewees.



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