A month ago I have arrived to a resolution to write three posts a week. But I am already lagging behind such a target. A lot of programming, some local activities, and my enthusiasm for writing suddenly diminished. I have tried to press myself to write some quick post but it did not work right. I wrote some lines but they were bad.
So I have decided to opt for a strike against myself. The strike ended with an inner agreement to write only when it brings some enjoyment. This decision removed a burden from my shoulders and my joy from writing returned.
I usually read an hour or two every day (and tweeting interesting bits) so my store of books I would like to recommend is rather full and it is time to make room for other ones.
A bit haphazardly I chose "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" written by Malcom Gladwell as the topic of my next book review.
The topic of the book is fascinating. It describes amazing acts of our brains which can sometimes perform complex tasks in virtually no time, in a second or two. Thinking in a blink can subconsciously recognize art fakes, discover hidden regularities in games, or predict future development of marriages.
But it is not all blessing when dealing with quick judgments. Thinking in a blink may be also dangerous. Our capabilities to deal with fascinating speed with complex phenomena evolved in different times, in different environments, and it may lead us astray.
I cannot summarize many examples and ideas contained in the book in a short post but I have selected a few quotations from the book which I found particularly interesting as a taster for the full course of the whole book.
Marriage is the defining experience for many people and it is useful to know that at the end most about future can be derived from just a single characteristic:
But marriage is not everything in life and many people do not enjoy (or suffer) under it but we all should remember:
For a classical example of snap judgments going wrong may serve:
The book provides a lot of material for thinking, not only in a blink, you will have to read the whole book to really appreciate: