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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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This one continues to reveal the working of our mind ... The power of (unconscious) thinking without (conscious) thinking ... the ability to thin slice the critical few aspects in decision making rather than getting over crowded with "facts" that lead us to fail in seeing the significant few aspects.
A brilliant piece of follow on from his "Tipping Point"
 

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I found the book to be entertaining and after the first two chapters or so, I understood the premise. Thereafter, it was reinforcements through examples and opinions.

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I read this book because instinct is a concept very close to my heart. I very heavily rely on my instincts and I have seen the ups and downs of the same. And to some extent, Blink does enchant me. But I wouldn’t say the same if I had kept the book aside after reading the first four chapters. The first four chapters involve too much facts and details and the information given doesn’t entice _ME_ as it seems natural to me, may be because I am already into instincts too much. But I would also not deny the fact that I am trying to explain my subconscious why I do not like the first four chapters. And as Sir Malcolm puts it, “We always fail to explain our subconscious”. True. But then, its human nature that has descended for billions of years and something that is difficult to do away with, but not impossible. Anyways, from the end of the fourth chapter, the book seems to interest me more and is able to involve me through to the end. I do not know exactly why. I will try to explain it but I am not sure if I would be able to. I believe that from the end of the fourth chapter, the facts and examples become more interesting than they were in the previous chapters. I believe it is also because the presentation of facts and examples become more mysterious and interesting. It is difficult to find any order in the book because it doesn’t follow the conventional style of following a structured pattern. And I find it a nice and different way of presentation. Also, gvien that the concept itself is so difficult to explain, following a structure wouldn’t have served the purpose. It’s always best to explain something obtruse through examples and that’s what Sir Malcolm does.
But overall, it’s an interesting read. And with the ease that Sir Malcolm puts his theory, it’s really amazing given that the language is simple and passages flowy. They never seem to loose the connection or objective of the book. Sir Malcolm always goes back to earlier examples and statements as and when required to substantiate further his understanding.
For people, who really believe in the power of instincts, Blink is a good read. If you think you know a great deal about instincts then you are wrong. You should read Blink and you will know why. It will only add to your already existing knowledge.
 

Review: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

User Review  - Danielle Kim - Goodreads

This book made me think. It made me stop at the end of a sentence and think. Most importantly though, it made me reflect on the times where I have and have not gone with my instinct and how much I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bucknucks - Goodreads

This book was an interesting gathering of scientific examples for the lay-person to grasp about how our brains can make snap decisions and the many pitfalls and advantages of those decisions. Of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lesley Botez - Goodreads

Ever wondered how we come to our decisions? This book shares some interesting ideas on how we "thin-slice" that is decide on just the tiniest piece of information. We are often right, but can also be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ella - Goodreads

I came across a number of negative reviews for this book. A empirical physiologist by training has every right to be annoyed with a journalist trying to simplify things because that is what it is. The ... Read full review

Review: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

User Review  - Ryan Ricci - Goodreads

I have read a lot of reviews about this book after reading it and I have to say I am disappointed in readers review of this book. I see lots of people bashing the facts or the concept and what not. If ... Read full review

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User Review  - Delaney - Goodreads

This is a fantastic book. Gladwell discusses how a person's gut instinct to something can, at times, be much more valuable than an extensively researched conclusion. He discusses "The Power of ... Read full review

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