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What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
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Feb 14, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

Malcolm Gladwell is not a true social scientist. He's a pop-intellectual. If you read his work expecting a thorough scientific investigation of a topic or the careful formulation of a new theory, you will be disappointed. What Gladwell does do well though is make sociological, scientific, or psychological concepts easily accessible through well-researched and interesting examples. In fact, his greatest gift is his ability to find curious examples and/or data that don't seem obviously connected to established scientific (hard and soft) theories. This gift seems particularly well-suited to the article format, where he can connect one or two examples to a theory without the burden of having to fill a whole book. What the Dog Saw, a collection of his New Yorker articles, is a nice contrast to his longer works which I have often found to be a little disjointed. Despite the criticisms leveled against Gladwell (replacing causation with correlation, implicitly passing idea off as his own, using self-serving data, etc...), many of which I agree with, I don't think they are enough to keep a person from enjoying his books, particularly this one.
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