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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

84 Ratings: 3.3

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, is a 2005 book by Malcolm Gladwell which takes a look at why the mind makes decisions in split seconds.      Gladwell focuses on the idea of thin slicing - which is in essence using previous … see full wiki

Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Genre: Decision-Making & Problem Solving, Cognitive, Social Psychology & Interactions, Personal Transformation, Cognitive Psychology, Motivational, see all
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
18 reviews about Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
review by . June 11, 2011
Malcolm Gladwell knows how to tell a story. He captures the little details about people and events that give them meaning and make them interesting, something he used to good advantage in The Tipping Point, and almost as well in this book, Blink.      Blink is a book about snap judgments, first impressions, and thin-slicing experiences. It challenges the conventional wisdom of distrusting our first impressions, and brings up several examples where first impressions are actually …
review by . May 24, 2010
In Blink, Malcom Gladwell discusses human instinct and gut reactions, postulating that people's subconscious snap judgments can be incredibly spot-on, even more so than carefully-considered, researched conclusions. He offers several anecdotal instances that support this theory, such as the story of an experienced tennis coach who knows whether or not a player will double fault the instant he or she begins a serve. The fact that the coach cannot explain how he knows it even though he is consistently …
Quick Tip by . July 23, 2010
Malcom Gladwell gives you a new perspective on every day things. Fads, tv shows, etc. Stuff you would have enjoyed learning in high school.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Rethinking how we think about things
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
This is great!
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
'blink' thinking: using already established systems of reaction (specific firing patterns) in application to different problems. 'original' thinking: modifying said systems to apply new permutations to said problems. Be wary of context before you decide which modes of thought to use. Maybe don't read this at all.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Good Book, Great Story, Interesting, catchy, gets you involved every chapter
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Interesting view on how we see things in modern culture.
review by . December 09, 2008
This is one of those really informative books.. and I'd have to say.. I'm not usually keen on reading those as I'd be bored by about the 3rd page.  Gladwell, however, really writes as if he's talking to you and trying to explain what he believes as if he was sitting in front of you.      This book really breaks down decision making and what happens within the first few seconds of being introduced to a new product/person.  It's really intriguing to read a book like …
review by . February 06, 2009
A fascinating study of how the mind works and the effects our gut reactions can have on our decisions, "Blink" hammered Gladwell's point into me in an engaging and entertaining read. The writing is easy but intelligent, and I loved the specific examples and stories, particularly one about the war games. Not only do they help support Gladwell's notion but they're enough to create enjoyable stories by themselves.      The main idea I took away? First impressions aren't everything, …
review by . October 14, 2008
There are almost one thousand reviews for this book, most are positive, do I need to submit one? Yes.    The author discusses split-second thinking, or "in the blink of an eye" speed of thought. He postulates that those rapid decisions are usually better. He backs it up with many examples of decisions made with more time, more information, and more discussion that turned out wrong, when the initial decision was actually the correct one. How does this happen?    The …
review by . August 29, 2008
Where does it all go, after you are done experiencing the experience, thinking the thought, feeling the feeling? Nothing is ever lost. The subconscious is like a vast warehouse, limitless, in fact, and as Malcolm Gladwell illustrates in "Blink," we access all that is stored in that warehouse with every blinking and waking moment.     Usually, we call this instant access - gut instinct. Or, the inner voice of wisdom. Instinct, however, is nothing magical or mysterious. It is simply …
review by . December 31, 2007
Malcolm Gladwell could write about paint drying and make it fascinating. His New Yorker columns (sadly far more infrequent these days) are a joy. This book was fun to read - his usual flair for thought-provoking and interesting examples, well-written.    Why only 4 out of 5 stars? Because I thought this book lacked a coherent overall argument. What is the bottom line? You should trust your gut instinct .... except in those cases where you shouldn't. He fails to make clear exactly …
review by . October 29, 2007
As with his breakthrough surprise best-seller The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell's follow up offering is stuffed stem to stern with fascinating anecdote, and presented in the same breezy manner. And while, I suppose, there's a consistent argument buried somewhere in there, I'm blowed if I know what it is.     Gladwell apparently can't make up his mind whether snap judgments are good things (as they seem to be for the purpose of spotting …
review by . December 31, 2006
Malcolm Gladwell has written a thought provoking series of essays about cognition. He uses interesting real life stories to illuminate the workings of the human mind. I found them thought provoking and informative.     As a physician, I was particularly interested by his description of Goldman's algorithm, which is a simple tool for doctors to determine if someone is having a heart attack. Many writers stumble when they write about medicine, but Gladwell is spot on.    Some …
review by . October 09, 2005
I finally got around to reading a book that's been talked about a lot in blogging circles... Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. I found it fascinating, and it certainly explains a lot of things that I've often wondered about...    The main question here is what happens in those first couple of seconds when you observe something? Without often knowing why, you make some snap judgements that can often be extremely accurate. But when asked to explain …
review by . March 26, 2005
In "Blink," author Malcolm Gladwell explores "post-modern" decision-making. In modernism, we decided based upon logic: the analysis of factual data, as much of it as we could gather. In post-modernism, we decide based upon the synthesis of sensed experience, as small a slice as we can focus upon.    Fortunately, Gladwell does not lean exclusively toward an either/or approach. That is, he recognizes the necessity of facts, while emphasizing the way the brain works to process information. &nb …
review by . February 03, 2005
At the outset, I feel obliged to point out that I am unqualified to comment on neurological material which Gladwell includes and discusses in this volume. For example, what Patrick Murray refers to in his own review: "The fusiform gyrus is not a piece of brain software (page 219), the midbrain doesn't hijack the forebrain much less reach up to hijack it (page 225), and it is doubtful that rapid heart beats shut down the motor systems or any other brain component (pages 220-225)." The comments which …
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