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Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye Paperback – October 24, 2006
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The path to superior thinking is using both sides of the coin.
This book is a great look at critical thinking particularly as it relates to may of the not-thought-through group think decisions that many people make.
This is a great book for breaking down the critical thinking process and encouraging people to start thinking again in an age where many would have us not stop and question the avalanche of messages we get on a daily basis.
Read this book and Blink, you'll be a better thinker.
Malcolm Gladwell? On the surface, he would appear to be the villain in the piece. But where in BLINK does Gladwell suggest anything like making decisions on impulse or emotion? Gladwell gives examples of where intuition seems to outperform the straight science (or where intuition can be effective and useful). But all the examples deal with professionals and experts, eg, art experts, firemen, policemen, doctors, etc. Their experience trains them to make fast decisions. This is not the same as making decisions based on impulse or emotion - not even close.
Experts can draw correct conclusions based on very small data sets. Look at Gladwell's discussion of the psychologist who was able to figure out which couples would eventually divorce by observing them for extremely short durations. Why? Well, a trained expert is able to recognize a significant pattern of behavior in that first minute or so.Read more ›
One of the most annoying things is that LeGault does not properly cite sources or give any indication where he gets his stuff from. For example, when he discusses global warming, he claimed "in fact there is vehement disagreement among climate experts all around the world about many aspects of global warming theory" (111) yet he does not cite any expert who either advocates or is skeptical of global warming (there are none cited and there is no reference to any study, paper, review, book, TV program or expert in the references section either). This is just poor scholarship. LeGault also cites wikipedia (whilst wiki may be a good place to get information this information should always be verified). In another section he raves about child beating and the fact that his friends who were beaten were never disrespectful towards their parents (220). LeGault claims that "it is widely recognized that children not only need standards and rules for healthy social, ethical and intellectual development, they desire them" (219) yet he does not bother to tell us by whom it is "widely recognized". Further, he seems to suggest that parents must be authoritative contra his avowed sponsorphip of critical thinking. If we want to raise people who are better at critical thinking, rhetoric, analysis and argumentation shouldn't parents engage in reasoned discussion with their kids?Read more ›
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After meeting the author in public, his overall demeanor helped foster my decision to own his book.Published 5 months ago by Paul
Bottom line: This book is excellent, and in my opinion, is much better than Gladwell's book, which I found interesting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
It has little to do with either, a critique of reflexive intuition style thinking or a thoughtful exposition of the deploying if more structured and thoughtful approaches. Read morePublished on October 26, 2014 by Simon Lusted
The book is not much about how to think better or how to learn critical thinking, but a lot about how Blink is wrong and how American thinking culture is bad.Published on November 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I read this book right after reading Blink, and it was marketed as a rebuttal to that book. Not really. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by fireguy2442
The book was in the exact shape it should be in...New! Definitely a great read for anyone. A very different perspective on life as we know it.Published on February 25, 2013 by D.
I purchased this booking thinking that it had something to do with critical thinking. I was sorely disappointed. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Brandon G
I came to this book hoping to get fresh and profound insights on how to become a better critical thinker. Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by The Learned One