Blink Response Journal

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Pages 13-14: (1)“We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible and spending as much time as possible in deliberation. We really only trust conscious decision making... The first task of Blink is to convince you of a simple fact: decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.”

(2)The quote above is in the introduction, "The Statue That Didn't Look Right". The quote if in between the end of three of the author's examples of rapid cognition and right before the author admits that snap decisions can also betray us sometimes. It represents the introductory tone of "The Statue That Didn't Look Right and of the entire book itself. (3)The quote's significance is that it sets the tone for Blink and gives a quick preview of the theories that the author, Malcolm Gladwell, will try to justify. The tone of the quote conveys a sense of thought renewal and redefining the way we think. It's also a short summary of the three short stories of times when snap decisions were more effective than well though-out decisions. (4)From this quote, I can assume that the main idea of the book will be about the concept of snap decisions, or blinking, and when it can be applied. (5)I think that this book should be interesting because most of the decisions I make are already based on rapid cognition and I'm interested to read if Gladwell can explain why this is a better way of making decisions. (6)I like reading Blink so far and I like that we're going to talk about it in class, but I don't think I like writing these journals very much.

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Page 49: (1)"He instinctively picks up the 'giss' of a double fault. He thin-slices some part of the service motion and -- blink! -- he just knows. But here's the catch: much to Braden's frustration, he simply cannot figure out how he knows."

(2)The quote above is found in "The Locked Door", Chapter 2 of the book. It's talking about tennis coach Vic Braden and his ability to see when a player is about to double-fault, even though he has no idea why he can see this or even what it is he's actually seeing. (3)This is significant to the book because as the author points out on page 52: "We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that -- sometimes -- we're better off that way." The quote on page 49 states that it is possible to know things without knowing why and the quote on page 52 states that this is acceptable and that we are even better off that way. (4)From this quote, it can be inferred that this quote is one of the first justifications for the premise of Blink. It provides a foundation for which Gladwell can build the rest of his theories on and this is what I expect will happen. (5)While I agree that ignorance can be blissful, it still bugs me that I'm knowingly settling for less and that I'm basically saying "I don't know, and that's fine with me." (6)Are we going to be having a lot of homework in this class? I don't want to sound whiny, but homework and I don't get along well at all.

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