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Review: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Anne Miller

After his bestselling book brought the phrase "tipping point" into popular usage, which is that moment when an idea, product or concept suddenly catches fire with the population at large, Malcolm Gladwell now gives us two more phrases that are likely to become equally wellknown: "blink" and "thinslicing." We "blink" when we think without thinking. We do that by "thinslicing," using limited ... Read full review

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Attractive title, strong explanation about our unconscious thoughts, but sudden ending. Would had been better if author is able to tell us how to harness our unconscious.

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Don't stop writing!
I have kite runner, outliers, tipping point. I need to get this as well. I think through the small cracks that most would miss, Gladwell fills these cracks with knowledge.

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"This a terrific book! The author does a deep analysis of how human decision making works with lots of cases. "

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Reading _How We Decide_ reminded me of this book, which describes how quick, impulsive guesses are likely to result in the right choices. It's a fascinating read, but it doesn't really do much to explain why this is the case, or provide guidance for when it's untrustworthy.

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Another cool book by Gladwell. Gives insight into when to be thoughtful and when to go with your gut.

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"Blink" addresses some interesting questions about "intuitive" vs "analytic" decision making. I was negatively impressed, however, by some of the material in Chapter 4 about medical decision making. I was made aware early in my medical training that some gifted and experienced physicians can rapidly reach accurate perceptions about patients and can't adequately explain their reasoning. Although they knew a lot about analytics, they obviously made intuitive leaps that they had difficulty explaining. But I think Gladwell over-simplifies and trivializes the issues in Chapter 4, and that makes me suspicious of his reasoning and reporting in other parts of the book. Those who are very interested may wish to review some of the published discussion by Goldman <<http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199712043372302#t=article>> and by Reilly <<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12117399>>. In my reading of these articles, the issues are more complex and nuanced, the outcomes a lot less clear, than Gladwell's book suggests. 

Review: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

I was really expecting more from this book. I've heard mostly good things about Gladwell, and he had a pretty interesting TED talk, and I enjoy almost anything to do with the brain, so...why not? The ... Read full review

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