Sunday, February 05, 2006

Blink, Think, Resync

Recently finished reading "Think", by Michael R. LeGault. It's basically his rebuttal to the bestseller "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell, which advocates that our best decisions and choices are made quickly, through intuition and gut-level responses to circumstances. LeGault fears that in contemporary life, far too many of our choices are made by "Blink", rather than "Think"...a more reasoned, critical, analytical approach to decision-making. He feels this ability to reason is becoming a lost art in American society that is affecting our economy, our educational system, parenting standards, and creates more political polarization and a culture of instant gratification.

Both authors acknowledge the value of both approaches. As far as I can tell, each author simply favors one approach over the other. To me, it seems like a simple matter of common sense...sometimes circumstances force you to make snap judgements, and sometimes it's prudent to take a step back and spend some time in critical reflection and analysis.


Blogger greenISgood said...

I almost finished reading your post but I decided rather instantaneously I had to pee. Is that what you mean?

10:34 AM  
Blogger n2justice said...

Yeah man, you REALLY should have taken a step back and thought about that a bit.

But then maybe your best thinking is done once ON the porcelain throne.

It's all good.

12:10 PM  
Blogger greenISgood said...

Hey Scottoca:
Some of us would like a few more posts, dude, thinking blinkin and resyncin' and start writing....

5:56 PM  

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