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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 5, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00097DWY0
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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Power of Adaptive Unconscious of Human Mind.
Author states that human mind works through two strategies, the conscious strategy and through adaptive unconscious. First strategy is when use data, information and analysis to draw a conclusion and make decision, whereas second is when we make decisions on basis of that "gut feeling". This is when we act instantly on a thought which flashes in our mind and forces us to make a decision. The question now is: Is the accuracy or quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort spent into making it? Per Gladwell, "Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately."
Author has used technique of "thin slicing" i.e. power of our unconscious (the internal computer) to create a subjective impression using very little information., to explain this kind of decision-making. He has also cited some erroneous decisions (Warren Harding Error & an encounter in Bronx) and some great decisions from medical and military, (Cook County Hospital in Chicago & Van Riper, respectively).
In my opinion, our brain certainly has that great power of making a split-second decision, but it is upto us, how we develop and tap that unusual potential. We can use these techniques like mid reading, facial expression recognition etc but it certainly requires practice and a certain level of expertise to utilize them for our benefit. I would recommend reading this book with an unbiased mind and think, don't just blink.
Blink is about the intuitive response, the pattern recognition that happens almost instantaneously, and allows us to recognize faces and complex, non-verbal communication. Gladwell seldom uses the term intuition, referring to this phenomenon as the adaptive unconscious. He offers a series of fascinating stories focusing on the process he calls "thin-slicing," the process of recognizing and making a decision based on incredibly small amounts of data. One example shows people accurately predicting which married couples will stay together based on only two seconds of videotape.
He offers the premise that decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately. However, he acknowledges that this same process can often result in bad decisions and offers little guidance on how to make the process more reliable.
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