Ashley's review of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
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Jun 01, 2009 03:01PM
Freakonomics...another book I despised.
Nov 30, 2009 04:43PM
I totally agree with your review... thanks for a nice counter to some of the harsher critics.
Mar 17, 2010 07:29PM
Very well said. I totally agree. Very hard book to understand.
Sep 23, 2011 01:45PM
I totally agree with you. I believe the problem with the bad reviews (some, not all of them) about this book is that people who are reviewing it interpret the book as a self-help book. And that's just what it isn't.
This book is about what really happens with us, our judgements and decisions; it is not an helper.
The book tells us that, on some occasions, we should be more reliable in our unconscious impressions and in others we should be careful with these same impressions. It up to us to decide in which situations we must rely more, or less, on these impressions.
It is not those kind of books that tell you to do this and that, in these and those situations because you'll thrive that way.
Basically what I think some people are missing is the point of this book.
Sep 14, 2013 07:42PM
I've read quite a lot of bashing of this book in reviews that clearly showed the reader was expecting self-help tips on decision making. This is not the author's goal in the book as much as providing an informative description based on scientific knowledge that teaches us how --possibly why-- our mind works in given circumstances while warning us of our need to take into consideration how the human mind is wired in explaining human behavior. The book is repetitive and the main point is made quite early, yet I enjoyed the examples and differing situations that were used to buttress the ideas on human perception and cognition presented in this book. It's not a black and white how-to manuel but a worthy addition to the growing body of knowledge about how we see in the mind using real life examples, and scientific study, taken from events many of us can relate to in one form or another.
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