Tim Discar January 26, 2011 UWP 101 Haynes Journal Entry #5 In the reading excerpt of “Blink,” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author goes into specific situations in which rapid cognition can lead into negative outcomes. In the narrative Gladwell depicts, a NYPD makes a rapid judgment based on experience shooting an individual reaching to his pocket. Through using this type of anecdote, Gladwell not only captures a very critical mistake in thin slicing but also the emotions attached with the mistake. By starting the chapter with this emotional experience, Gladwell hooks the reader into reading why such a scenario may occur. The explanation he provides is an example of a snowball effect that lacks substance and a full explanation before continuing into a completely different concept of mind reading. While the introduction was quite intriguing and effective in the sense that a reader wants to read more, Gladwell did not deliver enough evidence to fully explain why the officer pulled the trigger. Thus, glancing over the important parts without much emphasis or reason.
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