In a modern world where we are awash with information, we are flooded by detail and distraction. Gladwell in his book “Blink” explores the concepts of Thin Slicing.

Think Slicing: “a term used in psychology and philosophy to describe the ability to find patterns in events based only on “thin slices,” or narrow windows, of experience” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin-slicing)

It’s a fascinating book on how thin slicing can be (and is) a powerful tool to make quick and effective decisions… and also how it can go horribly wrong.

It’s another example of how fantastic our minds are, and how evolution has created elegant systems to ensure our survival.

The book for me opens up a subject that is fantastic and intriguing. It has shone a light of awareness on how we work. By being more aware of this attribute of our mind, we can open up a whole new world of possibilities. Everything from making better decisions, electing ‘good’ politicians, to improving our societies policing. The list is endless

For me it was a challenging read, but one well worth it.

(Book: “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell)
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