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Tim Discar January 11, 2011 UWP 101 Haynes Journal Entry #2 In the reading excerpt of “Blink,” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author provides a compelling number of concepts of the human unconscious. The assertions Gladwell present come from an understanding of the human mind in a way that many do not pay attention to on a day-by-day basis. For example, the first narrative depicts the feeling the curator has, as an “intuitive repulsion” towards what may be modern forgery. Introducing such a concept through an interesting yet accurate narrative allows the reader to relate to the material on a personal level. Also, using narratives serve as a hook that catches the reader’s attention, catering to one’s curiosity and wanting one to continue reading more. But the strategy using narratives to present assertions effectively lies within the word choice Gladwell uses. By using such simple yet elegant word choice, Gladwell allows the reader to follow the concepts and ideas more easily without being bogged down by too many clutter and
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Unformatted text preview: technicalities that many research papers tend to have. While narratives provide an easier presentation of ideas, the consequences of using such narratives sacrifice quality within Gladwells assertions. Narratives, while interesting, lack substantial evidence which are apparent in the second excerpt. In this section of the chapter, Gladwell presents the idea of an adaptive conscious, in which the human mind is able to undergo mass calculations without the individual being aware of it. While the experiment itself measures tangible factors such as blood pressure, sweat readings on ones palms and other vitalities, there is no actual concrete data or statistics provided to increase the credibility of the evidence. Through narrative, one is able to catch the attention of the reader. But, the downfall of such tactic is that it gives off the impression that such concept may be just as fictional as the narration itself....
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course AAS 181 taught by Professor Osumare during the Spring '09 term at UC Davis.

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