Updated: Jan 16, 2021
'The power of thinking without thinking'
This book is an exceptional book and I'll recommend it to literally anyone who can read. Unlike several books which base their logic and explanations on beliefs, Malcolm Gladwell bases his on proof. Have you ever wondered about how some people just rely on their instinct and reach new heights? Their are several real-life experiments and they are so much fun to read. While reading the book you will learn a lot about yourself, in ways you didn't even know existed. For example have you ever wondered why you make the decisions you make? Have you ever wanted to make smarter decisions when you're put in the spot? Well all the secret answers are in this book. I chose this book because I was really interested in psychology, and this book went beyond my expectations. The main idea of this book is basically thin slicing. It gives us methods with which we can reach conclusions in a short time with all the information we have on the issue. For example the book starts of with an Ancient Greek statue being sold to The Getty which is a new museum. The team of The Getty took it on a loan and researched. The time and place matched with the designs on the structure. The legal documents were also provided and they seemed right. The statue was covered in a layer of calcite which can only be formed from dolomite over a thousand years, if not a hundred. This means that the state wasn't fake but in fact was quite old. So they bought it and it was all over the newspapers. At that time an art historian called Federico Zeri found something wrong. He found himself staring at the fingernails of the structure's fingernails. He couldn't state it in words, but he simply said that seemed wrong to him. Later Evelyn Harrison, who is one of the world's foremost experts on Greek sculpture. She was in L.A. visiting the museum when she saw this sculpture. She remembers that when the cloth was removed from the sculpture, she just had a hunch, that something was amiss. A few months later Thomas Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was shown the statue. He always marks the first word that comes to his mind when he sees something new. When he saw the structure, the first word that came to his mind was fresh. Now fresh is not something you would think off when you see a 2000 year old statue. Next up they went to George Despinis, the head of the Acropolis Museum in Athens. He took one look at it and blanched. He stated that anyone who has seen something come out of the ground, knew that the statue had never been in the ground. This made The Getty very worried. They went to Georgios Dontas, head of the Archeological Society in Athens. He saw the statue and immediately felt cold. He felt like there was a wall between him and statue. He experienced a wave of intuitive repulsion. Later on they combined all their findings and found that the sculpture was a fake. You can make the statue 'age' by adding potato mold. Well what was the takeaway? All of the people had a thought when they first saw the statue. The bold words are an example of thin-slicing, the art of judging something in a short amount of time with everything you know about the topic. And guess what? They were right. This book tells you to trust yourself and your intuition, maybe not all the time but sometimes. And how do you know when are those sometimes? You can only find out if you read the book ;)