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Thin Slice This Book

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I’ve just recently finished an audiobook by Malcolm Gladwell called ‘Blink’. It’s a few years old now and was recommended to me a while ago. I don’t read books all that often – just can’t get myself to get into the habit – but I really wanted to learn what this was all about, so I thought I would give the audiobook version a try. I have to admit, I think I’m hooked on the format. Anyway, to quote the author from the book’s site:

It’s a book about rapid cognition, about the kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye. When you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions. Well, “Blink” is a book about those two seconds, because I think those instant conclusions that we reach are really powerful and really important and, occasionally, really good.

I was really struck by the number of stories he told and by the concept of thin slicing that he often referred to. It’s this notion that you can make sense of some type of situation or make a decision based on a very small amount of information (or a “thin slice”), and in many cases, get more accurate results than if you had a plethora of information about that particular situation, subject, or even individual.

If any of this sounds even remotely interesting to you, I’d recommend picking up a copy for yourself.