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message 1: by Mariecar (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:41PM) (new)

Mariecar Ditto ... well-written review.

message 2: by Matt (new)

Matt McClard i concur.

message 3: by Marwa (new)

Marwa Ayad Great review...and I agree.

message 4: by Vic (new)

Vic I concur with this review. Gladwell tries to make gray areas black and white and it rarely works.

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

LOL.... I read the back cover and basically it said the same thing as your review.

message 6: by Greg (new)

Greg I'm not sure if I need to still review this book. I might just have to link straight to yours.

message 7: by Dirk (new)

Dirk Laukens Good review. I expected a little more advice in this book...

message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Thanks. Very funny.

message 9: by Kelly (new)

Kelly No idea how it became a best seller

message 10: by Balkha (new)

Balkha Totally agree with this review. I did not bother to finish this book. Stii can;t understand why this book was such a big deal.

message 11: by Sumanth (new)

Sumanth Ƀharadwaj I agree with Kelly and Balkha but not everyone studies the brain and understands life at a 250ms timescale. Some need a reminder... It is probably a best seller because a lot of ppl need this reminder.

message 12: by Hippster (new)

Hippster Wow! You pretty much summed it all up. The book did contain some interesting lil stories, but very self-contradictory.

message 13: by Assya (new)

Assya lol

message 14: by Chris (new)

Chris haha

message 15: by Nadeem (new)

Nadeem Ahmad Spot on.
Gladwell's books are like fast food with plenty of health labelling. They are satisfactory until you realize it was all a lot of facts, stories and anecdotes to illustrate what could have been said and understood without the saga that accompanied it.

message 16: by Dimi (new)

Dimi 100% correct summary.

message 17: by Mahesh (new)

Mahesh Kumar ha ha ha.. exectly wht i feel abt it... nt worth finishing

message 18: by Mohsen (new)

Mohsen Couldn't sum it up better.

message 19: by Cam (new)

Cam Copland So I'm meant to trust the opinion of someone who hasn't even finished the book? If it took you "under a day" to read "most" of it, surely it would be worth investing a little bit more time so you could write a review that was at least slightly credible?

You're arguing the author should leave out relevant evidence on one side of the argument just so he can provide "advise" (sic). So it would be a much better book if he had deliberately omitted information that contextualised the argument and provided an alternative view of the subject?

Yes, let's criticise the author for leaving us more informed.

message 20: by Mary (new)

Mary good review!

message 21: by Kp (new)

Kp Nicely written review. I get both sides

message 22: by Katya (new)

Katya Khatsenko This is exactly how I felt but sadly I am not as articulate as you :-p

message 23: by Barry (new)

Barry Great review - I agree with you totally and some of the anecdotal evidence was sketchy to say the least.

message 24: by Gerry (new)

Gerry I liked your review...thanks..made me chuckle a little.

message 25: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Very funny lol however I did get or understand Gladwell. It depends on what you are looking for when you open the book. As a psychologist I understand him clearly and understand you too. You read what you wanted!

message 26: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Torm thx you saved me a lot of time!

message 27: by Mike (new)

Mike S Are you able to recommend a book on the subject that you like? I just finished The User Illusion and I'm looking for an interesting follow-up book that is perhaps a little more complete than Blink. Thanks.

message 28: by Ibrahim (new)

Ibrahim Mshelia Good for understand

message 29: by Bikal (new)

Bikal Nepal hahaha you really hit the nail in the head! :P Good review...

message 30: by Laura (new)

Laura I actually think Gladwell was just trying to present both sides of the argument. Sometimes our unconscious mind makes great snap judgments and other times, we give in to stereotypes and our judgments become erroneous.

There is no true black and white in his book. Everything is pretty much gray, because that's the way our unconscious is too. You can't always trust your "gut feeling", but sometimes it does work.

Gladwell isn't trying to give us advice - that's not his purpose anyways. He just wants to impart his knowledge through anecdotes on how the unconscious operates and how making a decision in a millisecond sometimes isn't all that bad, and that it depends on the context of the situation.

message 31: by Mike (last edited Dec 20, 2014 09:09PM) (new)

Mike S Laura wrote: "I actually think Gladwell was just trying to present both sides of the argument. Sometimes our unconscious mind makes great snap judgments and other times, we give in to stereotypes and our judgmen..."

Well said. I'm studying remote viewing and it's a similar situation, sometimes you're really tuned in, and sometimes everything you get is driven by the imagination. It takes a lot of practice and paying attention very closely to develop a feeling to know when you're "on".

message 32: by Michele (new)

Michele Maatts Ditto. I could have written the book without documentation. It was so/so at best.

message 33: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Morfin You read my every thought... Without thin slicing my face. Respect

message 34: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Morfin You read my every thought... Without thin slicing my face. Respect

message 35: by George (new)

George I've only read about half of the book before losing it and refunding last week. I should have off on reviewing the book until I'm done, except I'm not! Lol, just like some people are have photographic memories but couldn't analyze their way out of paper bag...this kind of thinking works well with the way their brain is wired. Many ADHD and/or dyslexic people, or persons growing up in abusive environments, their brains pick up more "noise" data than neuro typical wired brains. This can lead to identifying patterns invisible to many. In the business, entertainment, military, whatever....many many valuable insights can be gleaned!

message 36: by George (new)

George "I also should have held off ... " on proofing the comment before adding.

message 37: by Danny Baldwin (new)

Danny Baldwin you hit the nail on the head, plus there is a whole school of such blink theories, like Khaneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow which is better, although is based on the same.

message 38: by Brono (new)

Brono I was bored reading "thinking, fast and slow" so perhaps I got what I needed from the Blink. Thanks guys.

message 39: by Ben (new)

Ben Couch It has been a while since I read it, but I believe that one of his key points was that experts can often make effective snap judgments, whereas the untrained tend not too. His point seemed coherent and well-put to me, but it has been a couple years. About to reread it.

message 40: by Ngeno (new)

Ngeno Kobur Well he did point out that in less complex situations, thought and careful process is preferred. I more complex situations then the subconscious is better off. He even quotes Sigmund Freud - "When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature."

message 41: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Rivera Funny last words there.

message 42: by Norma (new)

Norma Makarem agreed!

message 43: by Anna (new)

Anna Prokopová Lol, so true.

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message 47: by Teale (new)

Teale This, exactly this! Total waste of my time!

message 48: by Christina (new)

Christina Spot on!

Aulcie Jean Sexton Out backlight

message 50: by Aarti (new)

Aarti Totally disagree. This book is a masterpiece

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