I enjoyed this book. But Berry's prose is a little bit cryptic at times -- he introduces ideas without really explaining them. Most of the time I coulI enjoyed this book. But Berry's prose is a little bit cryptic at times -- he introduces ideas without really explaining them. Most of the time I could figure out what he was referring to, thankfully.
Over all, I'd recommend this book to people who believe that science isn't the only path to true knowledge, and that commitment to places and relationships is equally valuable to, if not more valuable than, scientific progress....more
As with most other mass-market books about sociology and psychology, I liked The Tipping Point.
The examples Gladwell uses throughout the book to expliAs with most other mass-market books about sociology and psychology, I liked The Tipping Point.
The examples Gladwell uses throughout the book to explicate his main points (the children's TV shows Sesame Stree and Blue's Clues, the fall of crime in New York City in the 1990s, the Princeton seminarians) were pretty fascinating.
Perhaps what I found most interesting was Gladwell's discussion of what psychologists apparently call the Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE), which is "a facy way of saying that when it comes to interpreting other people's behavior, human beings invariably make the mistake of overestimating the importance of fundamental character traits and underestimating the importance of the situation and context" (p. 160). Gladwell goes on to say that, "Character, then, isn't what we think it is or, rather what we want it to be. It isn't a stable, easily identifiable set of closely related traits, and it only seems that way because of a glitch in th way our brains are organized. Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context (p. 163).
I find the FAE fascinating because it explains why we humans have such a hard time not creating in our minds caricatures of others. We find it far too easy to think a politician is either all good or all bad; we'd rather not bother with the fact that he or she is be both good and bad. And so we venerate one person, while we drag another through the mud.
Clearly, this book got me thinking.
If you like books about human nature, you should check out The Tipping Point. It's a quick read, and sure to hold your attention. I think you'll like it....more
An interesting read. Would I suggest the book? ... I wouldn't suggest that you not read it.
At times the book seemed to wander. And Gladwell didn't comAn interesting read. Would I suggest the book? ... I wouldn't suggest that you not read it.
At times the book seemed to wander. And Gladwell didn't come to much of a conclusion. In the final chapter, in which I hoped he would sum things up and provide some conclusions, he provided another anecdote and only a passing conclusion.
But in the end, was Blink interesting? Yes. I'm glad I read it. I learned much....more