Blink

Date: 2009-03-27 18:49:14 Created: 2009-02-02 14:21:02

Blink is a book by journalist Malcolm Gladwell about split-second decisions, how they work and what we can or can not do to affect and make use of them.

A decent read, but not more than that. I enjoyed Malcom's TED talk on spaghetti sauce much, much more.

I have to note, though, that I had heard negative things about it from people I consider trustworthy beforehand. So yes, my reaction may be heavily influenced by that. And yes, my own feeling are very much in line with what I heard before reading. It basically boils down to this: the book doesn't go anywhere, doesn't tie things up or bring about some kind of conclusion or new theory. The stories and experiments mentioned feel much more interesting than the words tying them together to form Blink.

So; a decent read. And a quick one too. But it won't change any lives.

(If it did, I'd be kind of worried about the people changed ...)