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Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses: Part Two from What the Dog Saw

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What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century?
In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our wor
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ebook, 120 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2009)
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Aram Sohigian
Dec 12, 2011 Aram Sohigian rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Malcolm Gladwell's writing and his exuberance in his stories. He does an amazing amount of research and is able to deliver it in a very smooth and in a form that is easy to digest for someone that doesn't have a lot of knowledge in that particular field. This was about the Space Shuttle Disaster, Enron and other predictions and ideas that have failed or have been proven to be wrong. Definitely worth a read and it was very fast and fun. I loved reading it on my kindle because I cou ...more
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Mar 16, 2012 Mohammed Al-Garawi rated it liked it
This is the second part of the collection of articles Malcolm Gladwell has chosen from his writings for The New Yorker. This part is about Obsessives, Pioneers and Other Varieties of Minor Geniuses. As Gladwell usually does, he tackles quirky subjects and discusses them to come up with conclusions that serves as gateways to larger meanings. In this part he talks about a variety of subject, such as homelessness,types of failiures, airplane crashes,having too much information, plagiarism and many ...more
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Dec 07, 2014 Charmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: growth
Highlights:
1. What is clear in hindsight is rarely clear before the fact.
2. Stress wipes out short-term memory.
3. We have to learn that sometimes a poor performance reflects not the innate ability of the performer but the complexion of the audience; and that sometimes a poor test score is the sign not of a poor student but of a good one.
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Feb 09, 2012 Joe rated it liked it
This is a series of essays adopted from Galdwell's regular column. Includes some thought-provoking articles - specifically those around plagiarism and the difference between "choke" and "panic."

They're not necessarily viewpoints that you have to agree with, but, as Gladwell mentions in the introduction - his purpose is merely to engage. And that he does in this book.
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Jul 22, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first couple of stories had a little to much technical information for my taste. My favorite section was the one about plagiarism.
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Malcolm Gladwell is a United Kingdom-born, Canadian-raised journalist now based in New York City. He is a former business and science writer at the Washington Post. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He is best known as the author of the books The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers ...more
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