Wednesday, June 29, 2022

1013. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink - by Malcolm Gladwell - The third book I read this year has simply become the best book I read so far. I started reading this book late last night and ended up completing this afternoon. I started fanboying this man and started watching his videos on YouTube. Let me come back to this book, Blink - the power of thinking without thinking. The book talks about the pros and cons of taking instant decisions without much logical reasoning. He explains it through beautiful story telling. The book starts with a narration of a fake Greek statue and from that moment on, I bet you that you can't put this book down.

Key takeaways:

1. First impression and snap judgments - lightning quick conclusions ( the swing between conscious and unconscious biases)
2. Thin slicing - The ability of unconscious mind to understand the underlying pattern
3. Looking like a reader - Hasty decision and its effects (negative effect)
4. Tragic first impression - 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo, where four New York policemen shot an innocent man on his doorstep 41 times, as another example of how rapid, intuitive judgment can have disastrous effects
5. Too much information - makes us prone to mistakes

What I loved about his style of writing is the manner in which he connected each of his points with science, sports, politics, religion and popular culture. Check out his point on Tom Hanks. I would strongly recommend to buy this book and have it in your library.

- Chronicwriter

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