Saturday Samplers book group will meet tomorrow afternoon, 3:30 p.m., at Bernardsville Public Library to discuss Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink. Author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell has made decision making the focus of Blink. He specifically investigates whether instantaneous judgments might be more reliable than well-reasoned decisions in some cases, but not in others.
Why is it that some people can instantly read a situation accurately while others are taken in by extraneous details which divert them from the truth? Why would a major museum rely on a scientific study of an ancient statue it was about to acquire rather than count on the discerning eye of art experts to determine whether the statue was authentic? What preconceived notions do we bring to decision making which then block our ability to make good ones?
There are many interesting anecdotes and studies referred to by the author in this engaging book. Attendance at the book discussion is open, and no sign-up is required. Please refer to the Saturday Samplers blog for several postings on the author and the book, Blink.