Analysis Of Blink By Malcolm Gladwell

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Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking is a non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell in 2005. Blink presents the idea that we can all train our unconscious mind in order to make successful decision making in the blink of an eye by thin-slicing. However, Gladwell’s biggest mistake in Blink is that it presents a noticeable lack of argument development since throughout the book we can mostly observe a repetition of more-or-less interesting, but flimsy, insubstantial evidence that rather than teaching us the method of thin-slicing, it reminds of that accurate intuition can take years to familiarize oneself with,

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After explaining Brendan Riley’s successful result with the three decision algorithm, Malcolm states “all extra information isn't actually an advantage at all that in fact, you need to know very little to find the underlying signature of a complex phenomenon” (Gladwell 136). During the late 1990’s Cook County Hospital had a very critical shortage of beds available to treat patients that suffered from heavy chest pains and after several months of research, the hospital administrator Brendan Rilley proposed that instead of following their instincts of evaluating every single patient that claimed to be having a heart attack, they used the three factors of risk created by U.S Navy cardiologist Lee Goldman that consisted in pain felt in the unstable angina, if there's fluid in the patient's lungs and patient’s systolic blood pressure. In the end, ignoring intuition combined with several months of research and a system created by a man who has dedicated several years of his life to medicine is what saves the day. Once again, it would take years of experience to be aware of which kind of information we have to ignore and which information we have to take in order to produce an error-free decision.

In conclusion, Gladwell’s aspirations to persuade his readers that after reading Blink they can all start cultivating by themselves the power of thin-slicing and blink-of-an-eye decision ends up being unfulfilled. The majority of examples provided by Gladwell in Blink to support his theory end up telling us that his so promised decision making by thin slicing requires several years of experience for it to be

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