Initially rated this 4 stars. Went back earlier today and re-read a couple sections. Bumped it up to 5 stars.
We tend to quickly assess the data aroundInitially rated this 4 stars. Went back earlier today and re-read a couple sections. Bumped it up to 5 stars.
We tend to quickly assess the data around us. This is called thin-slicing. Gladwell certainly has some faith in this ability: “Sometimes we’re better off if the mind behind the locked door makes our decisions for us.” (p.61) We run into trouble when we stop using this ability, such as in cases of extreme stress. We can stop... Take a breath... Bring down the heart rate and restore our ability to assess.
The micro-second expressions on the faces of a married couple reveal how they feel about each other enough to predict whether they will divorce. The best four are cases of defensiveness, stonewalling, criticism, and (most importantly) contempt. Expressing that someone is of lower value is the death knell.
Experience allows experts tap thin-slicing to make statements like, "It feels wrong." Later careful evaluations may reveal what the unconscious saw. Without this expertise, we solely use the conscious which doesn't normally tap the thin-slicing and fill in the understanding gap. This might be why single people consciously expressing what they want in a match say they want one thing but date people who match another criteria.
I breezed through the book. So now I look forward to reading his other work....more
Typically a biography looks at the events from an overly dispassionate, objective point of view. There is an obvious attempt to portray the biographyTypically a biography looks at the events from an overly dispassionate, objective point of view. There is an obvious attempt to portray the biography as completely unbiased. The biases are still there, just not admitted.[return][return]Shenk admits he believes Abraham Lincoln, an American icon, openly paraded his depression in front of everyone in his youth. Lincoln even used his depression to make others feel sorry for him to gain advantages. This book is really an argument for this belief. I'd have liked more dissuading evidence or acknowledging the weaknesses in the belief. Areas where Shenk or others can perhaps fill in with more evidence.[return][return]Shenk is an excellent writer. The book flows better than most biographies I have read....more
No idea why it took me so long to get around to reading this. It felt good to read something that portrayed slavery in the United States where the slaNo idea why it took me so long to get around to reading this. It felt good to read something that portrayed slavery in the United States where the slaves were both treated as property and subhuman. Books like Gone With the Wind treat slaves as secondary family members.
Uncle Tom bothered me throughout the book. While maybe there were people who maintained such loyalty to both God and master. Pretty sure I would have been more of a George and figured a way to escape. ...more
This book is really the story of why and how IEX was created. Humans made bad decisions. So, to protect people from other people, we moved the operatiThis book is really the story of why and how IEX was created. Humans made bad decisions. So, to protect people from other people, we moved the operation of the stock market to being run by computers. The natural consequence was for people to game the system with computer code. Rather than stay vigilant against new exploitations, we just redefined fair. The team behind IEX created it to eliminate these problems and establish a fair place for trading to occur.
About halfway through the book, I watched a commercial where an investment company touted their guaranteed one second trades. To the average person, this probably sounds amazing. The thing is that companies like this operate in milliseconds (1/1,000) and nanoseconds (1/1,000,000). Plus, they operate Dark Pools where the trade is obfuscated from independent review. Your trade could get executed where it benefits them and not you.
The overarching theme is that complexity and obfuscation created an environment where bad things can happen. As a technologist in education, I fight against this every day. We desire simplicity. Yet every change and especially those we execute without a good understanding of the business case creates complexity which will result in a failure. When no one fully understands how all the components work together, it exists to fail. Funnily enough, my team, the database administrators (really application administrators) sit at the intersection of the analysts, vendors, operating system admins, storage admins, network admins, and others. So this is familiar territory.
Zoran Perkov and Sergey Aleynikov are unsung heroes I am sure about whom I will spend more time reading. ...more
Darwin's theory of natural selection opened a can of worms. Matt Ridley adds to the support for the case by attempting to explain: Why sexual and notDarwin's theory of natural selection opened a can of worms. Matt Ridley adds to the support for the case by attempting to explain: Why sexual and not asexual reproduction? Why males and females? Why do some species switch sexes? Why is human behavior around sex so peculiar?
The arguments are well composed and organized to build the case. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I especially enjoyed how others were interested in borrowing the book to read it themselves....more
This was my third time reading it. The most recent prior was in the month before Storm was published. I had to give myself distance from watching theThis was my third time reading it. The most recent prior was in the month before Storm was published. I had to give myself distance from watching the HBO series.
Still. Reading it again was like having lunch with a good friend after a decade. Why isn't it a more frequent occurrance?...more