[the Power of Thinking Without Thinking]

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Utilizing case studies as diverse as speed dating, pop music, and the shooting of Amadou Diallo, Gladwell reveals that what we think of as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how the difference between good decision-making and bad has nothing to do with how much information we can process quickly, but on the few particular details on which we focus.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : AudioGO, p2005
ISBN: 9781600249303
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital

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Feb 18, 2018

I had fun reading this thoughtful book, and enjoyed Gladwell’s informal style of stories and anecdotes to demonstrate the quirks of human thinking. The importance of intuition and gut hunches as an information gathering tool was negated during the era of scientific proof through measurable sensing only, but is now being recognized as a necessary part of the whole. It resonated with me.

Feb 18, 2017

Interesting stories about science, psychology, and how we as humans make split-second decisions.

Sep 19, 2016

An interesting and articulate perspective on the complexities of decision making and the marvels of intuition. A great read.

Jul 02, 2016

Ever wondered why you can make split-second decisions? This book delves into the details of our subconscious decision making. Interesting read!

Jun 22, 2016

Audio CD is a great way to appreciate this work, as it is a bit redundant. However, Gladwell provides interesting insight into human action and provides a wide range of examples to reach a wide audience.

Dec 03, 2015

I like Malcolm Gladwell's work in general but I had a hard time getting to the end of this book. I thought the material was kind of interesting, but did not warrant over 8 hours of audio. A lot of the anecdotes got into excruciating but irrelevant detail (e.g. the ages of the 4 cops in New York, who was sitting where in the car), and the narrative wasn't compelling enough for me.
The other annoying part of this book was also the very preachy and presumptive tone. There was a lot of assertions like "this is what you would do" where I'm reading and thinking, "No, I wouldn't do that".

As far as the core message of this books goes: The basic premise is that we all have the ability to make instantaneous, good, instinctive judgments. I have been a big intrinsic believer about being able to train your gut or your instincts to take good decisions, and a lot of more recent books (e.g Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath) seem to back up that concept. However in this book I didn't see any mentions of training your gut - a lot of it seemed to just be taken for granted. Also, the contexts where it works vs. fails and not explained well.

Like any book review, these views are my own and any reader is clearly welcome to disagree as well as form their own.

redban May 14, 2015

I love non-fiction, yet never been so bored with a book like "Thinking Fast and Slow". Gladwell is a better writer, too made his content is fluff.

Never been impressed with pop science, pop sociology, and especially not pop economics!

While Malcolm Gladwell is not as atrocious as the moronic shills who brought us Freakanomics, I have read some major palm-to-the-forehead writings by Gladwell. Like a child brought up in front of cable TV with a curiosity but only within the realms of mainstream corporate/neoliberal propaganda, saturated with assumptions of how merit, incentives, and success works in the Western world.

What's sad is until you read elegant material that challenges this propaganda, you will be content to shovel this drivel down your throat. Try starting with Matt Taibbi, moving to Chris Hedges, then David Graeber, and finally Michael Perelman, Michael Hudson, and Nomi Prims. Some classics by Orwell, London, Kafka, Bradbury, and Huxley are helpful as well.

Oct 14, 2014

If you have enjoyed this book, read "Thinking Fast and Slow" by D. Kahneman. It is a a treat.

Sep 13, 2014

Disc # 6 skips on a couple of tracks.

enderfaruk Mar 18, 2014

if you are looking for a scientific language and solid conclusions this is not the right book for you. For the exact same topic I would recommend reading "Thinking Fast and Slow" from D.Kahneman. I read "Blink" after I read Kahneman's book and it sounded very weak. Otherwise the book is okay, I don't regret I read it.

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Jul 30, 2012

My favorite subtitle in the book (and there were a few contenders), had to be, "A man, a woman and a lightswitch"

May 25, 2011

"the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog"


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May 25, 2011

what an incredibly interesting read!


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