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Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made In The Blink Of An Eye

3.08 of 5 stars 3.08  ·  rating details  ·  320 ratings  ·  69 reviews
This isn't the time to "Blink."It's time to

THINK!

-- before it's too late.

Outraged by the downward spiral of American intellect and culture, Michael R. LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling phenomenon, "Blink," which theorized that our best decision-making is done on impulse, without factual knowledge or critical analysis. If bestselling books are a
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Hardcover, 355 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Threshold Editions (first published January 1st 2006)
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James
So when I read about which promotes critical thinking and find its analysis shallow, its prose sloppy and its argument too reliant on conjecture and anecdotal evidence, it could mean that the author is brilliant in drawing out my critical faculties. Sadly, no. This was just one long whiny rant about the demise of good thinking.

LeGualt's chief selling point is a critique of Malcom Gladwell's Blink. I haven't read Blink yet, but as LeGault gave biased and superficial readings of absolutely every a
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Brian Ayres
I do not want to diss this book because it contains some salient points about the art of making good decisions, but in an attempt to be relevant, the author tries to piggy-back on top of the popular NYT bestseller Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, which is a psychological assessment on the art of making skilled decisions quickly. LeGault dismsses Gladwell and other psychology as new age science, saying the downfall of our country is occurring because no one knows how to be analytical and make sound dec ...more
Claire


With a tone that was inconsistent, arguments that lacked convincing depths, and clear ideological positions that stood in contrast to the premise of the book (that we should all think more, more clearly, and more objectively), I found this book frustrating to read. While there were moments or points that had real merit, they were often lost in the indistinct inbetween, where simplistic put-downs of "radical" environmentalists and feminists, as well as comments re multiculturalism that seem to a
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Jonathan
Unfortunately for Mr. LeGault I actually am a student of critical thinking and I am not very impressed with his critical thinking skills. Here is why I do NOT recommend his book.

First, his criticism of Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink, is dishonest. The point he is criticizing is not accurate, and the illustration he uses to prove his point is a very poor comparison of BlinkThink vs critical thinking skills, which is what his book is really about. In the end, it is crystal clear why he named his b
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Clackamas
Apr 08, 2008 Clackamas rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who've read Blink
I had high hopes for this book but was pretty disappointed.

The thing that makes me smile is that I was let down by this book for the same reasons that I felt let down by Gladwell's Blink. There just weren't enough facts. They both read like someone was given an assignment and didn't take the time to properly research it, but instead filled the required number of pages with unsupported assertions, conventional wisdom, and anecdotes. Unlike Think though, at least Blink was entertaining.

I agree w
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T.M. Mullin
I really wanted to like this book. The book jacket’s premise: “the decline of critical thinking in American life” is a topic I have been curiously about for some time. I am familiar with many of the sources Le Gault references. I read Blink and I even re-read parts of it as I read this book. I really should like Think!, but I don’t. Eighty percent of it (the first 270 of 336 pages) is a whiny, curmudgeon ranting about reality TV, video games, PC politics, pop culture, and permissive parenting. I ...more
Andrea James
This was one of my late night purchases - probably the result of snap judgement impaired by tiredness and a "it's only £2.81 including postage so the downside is minimal".

Indeed, I think the title makes it look very promising. I train people in decision-making and one of the things that I believe is that many of us rely on flawed intuition. We seem to think we can get away with listening to our gut, as it were, when we've done very little in the way of increasing our awareness of how snap judgm
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Janelle
I agree with the premise of this book, which is that we can't allow critical thinking to fall by the wayside, which it is in danger of doing in America today. This is a counterpoint to Malcolm Gladwell's paean to snap decisions and gut reactions, "Blink." However, both methods have their merits of course, and it seems the best course of thought is a sensible combination of the two. Full disclosure: I have not as of this writing read Gladwell's tome.
Content here is good—overview of critical thin
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Joe White
The author of this book may have awards and high acclaim, but it doesn't show here. This book needed to focus on a specific topic, and follow through by supporting that topic well. Instead of providing conclusive or even persuasive support for his ideas, the author gives examples that in many cases only tangentially fit the argument, and often are easy to argue when scrutinized. The end result of the book for me was that it resembled a windy evangelical tirade.

Where brevity would have been helpf
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Val Williams
I really wanted to like this book--LeGault has a great premise, which is that in order to succeed as a country, Americans must engage in critical thinking and relearn critical thinking skills instead of simply relying on sound bites, the media, etc. for information. What the book ends up being is a mishmash of great ideas with solid evidence, potshots at Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" and an attempt to link him to feel-good psychology and political correctness, and a fairly substantial conservative/ ...more
Meghan
In the beginning I was constantly putting the book down - it was DENSE; it felt like reading a textbook! Then as I got further into the text I was ashamed to realize that I was exactly like the "America" LeGault was talking about - I wasn't willing to put forth the effort to really THINK about something; I'd much rather something be easy and able to "understand" in the blink of an eye. And as I continued my reading I was mortified to discover that LeGault wasn't far off the mark in classifying p ...more
Daniel DeLappe
Fantastic book. Needs to be read by everyone that has any interest in the intellect of this county. The book is well titled. It does make you think. I in particular liked the discussion about global warming. Yes there is global warming and yes, humans are a cause. The writer then goes on to ask other questions. Questions that make people who stamp it on their asses that they are environmentalist and do not know the basics of science It is what they feel not what they know that drives their opini ...more
Hillary Steckler
I have mixed feelings about this book. While the premise, that decisions require critical thinking and study, is well stated and plenty of evidence is given to support it, it is difficult to find anything that a person who already believes this would find new. I feel that while the book is not too long (336 without the notes), that it could have been cut down significantly. That the same points were discussed over and over again without much progress in the thought. However, this book did make m ...more
Mia McInnis
The rhetoric of this book seems to be aimed towards discrediting another book called "Blink. Though the author raised many good points he seemed rather pretentious - especially on subjects he clearly held no education in. For someone arguing logic and philosophy I find that he engaged in a lot of double think - sometimes changing his opinion from paragraph to paragraph. An interesting read, but one I would certainly not take as any sort of gospel.
Donna
Oct 12, 2007 Donna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Extreme conservatives and those who like to know what they're thinking
Shelves: essays-ideas
This book is an extended conservative rant that is so full of unfounded assertions and convoluted reasoning that I just don’t know where to start. Happily, a quick glimpse at reviews for the book posted on Amazon.com provided some great summary phrases: “could use a bit more thinking,” “not the book it claims to be,” “painful attempt at a free ride,” “Trojan horse for right-wing politics.”

Not that there aren’t some good lines in the book. (In 336 pages, there would almost have to be.) LeGault’s
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Val
LeGault's premise is an interesting one, but he is not always forthright in his interpretations. He begins in the early chapters providing a bsic overview of the failing so of intellectual inquiry in contemporary U.S. culture, but uses questionable resources (blogs, magazine articles) in so doing. At the same time, he critiques Gladwell's Blink for its peripheral seeming stamp of approval for declines by presenting thin-slicing as unprepared thought. This is a disingenuous interpretation of Glad ...more
Sylia
So first, as a book that stands alone, it's not bad. LeGault believes there's a decline in critical thinking in our country, that our subjectivity has made us lazy and irresponsible with our intelligence. However!

However, as a rebuttal to blink!, I just don't get it. He makes random mentioned of "blink mentality" but my problem is that with blink! , Gladwell never asks people to make rash decisions based on their feelings. I'm not sure why LeGault is so hung up on it! In fact, his evidence is pr
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Russell Young
Interesting case studies and neat ideas. This book doesn't draw any good conclusions, but it does make some good points; and it makes you think.
Laila
Dec 08, 2008 Laila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Evryone
As noted in the 7 habits: what you keep repeating becomes your habit and you ARE your habits: your life is a bunch of + or - similar situations to which you act according to what you're used to...

People need to get used to THINK! To be able to evaluate the situation, research solutions and appraise them in order to select the best one. The most imporatant part is: we need to so this 100+ aday: with every big or small situation, until it's our habit to think first then react, i.e. until we're sm
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Denise
The only reason I continued to read this book was because I hoped I would walk away with at least one interesting tibit...but alas...nothing.
Marci
I was trying to give it 2.5 stars. He has some good ideas, but he is repetitive and I hate that and his arrogance comes through in his writing. I think that most of the facts he presented are true. He spends the first 1/3 of the book talking about the factors that are "dumbing down" the youth of today. The second third of the book highlights great thinkers of the past which was very interesting. The final third I had to browse because the book was due back to the library, but it was hints/sugges ...more
Julie
Dec 09, 2007 Julie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I'm not thrilled about this book and can barely get through it. "Blink", although also as aimless as this book, at least was fun to read. Where I couldn't put Blink down, I can't pick this up. It's like the author has a personal vendetta against the other book but, at the same time, missed the point of Blink.

I'll leave you all with this. It is important to think and blink. You do the math...if you can make a quick decision, do it. If it takes longer, than it needs to take longer. There, and I d
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Derek
Think is better in concept than practice. Although I agree with some of Legault's assertions, he expends a lot of effort making his points when they've already been made elsewhere. And in some places, he doesn't seem to have much of a point, which is an issue. I think that he could make his case more effectively by being more concise, and less argumentative about Gladwell's Blink, especially because I'm not sure he entirely understood it. Maybe there's more credit to be given to this book, but I ...more
Terri
Sep 14, 2008 Terri added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
This book is an object lesson in how not to think critically. It is based on faulty assumptions with no or little basis. LeGault draws conclusions without building any arguments and his statements are often contradictory and make no sense.

I was looking forward to some constructive (and badly needed) criticism of books like Malcolm Gladwell's Blink. And I was looking forward to an interesting history of critical thinking along with helpful suggestions on how to implement more critical thinking i
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Vaibhav
Its been hell of a fight to finish this book.
Sheila
"The information explosion is not leading to better critical thinking; it is largley being used to spout off or confirm existing biases and flawed thinking".
LeGault's book, although at times difficult to get through, made some relevant and critical points. Have we become a world of followers and conformists? Are Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen our new cultural heroes? Who is really controlling our thoughts? How do we come to our conclusions about choices we make? Very interesting. I think I will
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Becky Roper
A non-fiction book recommended by my brother-in-law, who is using it to teach his graduate students (at USU) critical thinking. The ideas were interesting, but it was long and didn't hold my interest as much as I thought it might. It did reference several other books I had read: "Blink", "Emotional Intelligence", "The Closing of the American Mind", but the author often disagreed with them. I do agree that critical thinking has gone "out of style" and is really needed now more than ever.
Eyad
The book was OK. Even thought the author said it was not written to be read only by American, I guess it was. It gimcracks about Americans, and how they are the best of everything. He has the right to write about and say anything he wants about his nation, but what’s in it for me. I don’t think the book is even close to the quality of blink because the example that the author provided were just to proof his point and to counter-attack Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink book.
Kasey Pearce
Take away the author's personal vendettas and political standpoint from this book - oh wait that leaves almost nothing - and you have some good points about our society in general. It is hard to look past the politics and lack of resources (although I honestly did love to hear how much he despised Michael Moore), but once you do there is something to be said about our society's dependence on instant information, social media, and the like.
Paul
Michael Legault's response to Gladwell's Blink. I thought hearing the argument against snap judgements and for critical thinking would be highly interesting. While some of Legault's conclusions were very well thought-out, and unique, his overall voice and writing skills I found tedious and hard to work through. I support his initiative to have Americans think more critically, but wish that he could have written about it less densely.
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