Following is my contribution to a recent email discussion of Outliers.
I've heard two effective criticisms of Outliers: 1) Of all those whose success stories Gladwell tells, not a one is female; and 2) Gladwell's logic is flawed, arguments poorly supported, and (the critic implies) assertions racist. That review is here: http://bit.ly/8OZib
My own strongest objection to the book came in a chapter that highly praises an academic program that seems horrifying to me, not least because it would be literally impossible to participate and get close to adequate sleep. I think his definition of success in this chapter (at least) is flawed.
That said, I was also taken with the 10,000 hour rule, both for my daughter and myself. I wrote briefly about that here: http://bit.ly/xxBah...more