‘Thin slicing’ and summary of Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
The key concept of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by (and Spd Rdng) is ‘thin slicing’which is our instinctual or intuitive ability to gauge what is really important from a very narrow period of experience. In other words, spontaneous decisions are often as good as – or even better than – carefully planned and considered ones. Gladwell draws on examples from science, advertising, sales, medicine, and popular music. However, your ability to thin slice can be corrupted by your likes, dislikes, prejudices and stereotypes, and you can be overloaded by too much information.
The key message is to learn when to trust your gut reaction. A key strategy for getting the gist of a book is to ‘thin slice’ the cross-section of the book to get as much of the message as possible without reading it from cover to cover.
How do you slice a cake in order to find out what it’s like?
(Obviously, you cut a vertical slice – but most people read books as if they were eating a cake layer by layer)
ONE SIGN OF AN EXPERT IS THE ABILITY TO RECOGNISE
WHAT’S NOT HAPPENING (difference)