Blink

It’s only a short post from me today, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some words of wisdom that I came across in a book that I was reading recently. The book is called Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking (by Malcolm Gladwell) and it really is an eye-opening book. Gladwell presents you with a scenario (something that has actually taken place) and then goes through it with you, explaining step-by-step what happened and why it happened. It really is an interesting read, and one that you could learn something new each time you do.

Anyway, here are my favourite three points he makes in the book…

  • “We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it. When doctors are faced with a difficult diagnosis, they order more tests, and when we are uncertain about what we hear, we ask for a second opinion.”
  • “We come up with a plausible-sounding reason for why we might like or dislike something, and then we adjust our true preference to be in line with that plausible-sounding reason.”
  • “We live in a world saturated with information. We have virtually unlimited amounts of data at our fingertips at all times, and we’re all well versed in the arguments about the dangers of not knowing enough and not doing our homework… We have come to confuse information with understanding.”

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rob says:

    I find the very best posts are the ones that don’t drag on infernally…thanks for bringing that book to my attention! Now, if I can just find time to read it, hmmm

    1. M_McKeen says:

      Haha thanks Rob! I try to keep my posts short for that very same reason. It really is a good book, should you get a spare minute, I would definitely recommend reading it.

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