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Tim Discar January 31, 2011 UWP 101 Haynes Journal Entry #6 In the reading excerpt of “Blink,” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author concludes his observations and interpretations of his concepts in snap judgment, thin slicing and rapid cognition. Just as the rest of the chapters in the book, Gladwell starts the conclusion with a narrative about an individual victim to the folly of snap judgment. But such evidence and presentation of this certain example does not fit as well as the other examples throughout the book. Glancing over supporting evidence to fully explain how stereotyping a woman violinist is an example of snap judgment, Gladwell concludes his book in a manner that could have been stronger. In the chapters to follow, Gladwell introduces more examples of how snap judgment and rapid cognition is beneficial. But just as the examples throughout the book, there is a lot of narrative with only a splash of interpretation or evidence to support Gladwell’s main argument.
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Unformatted text preview: While the narrative functions as a way to keep the reader interested, Gladwell overemphasizes the narrative. But after the story with Hooker, Gladwell emphasizes an important concept that I believe he should have added a bit more detail throughout the book: The concept of misinterpreting information as understanding. While many of us can relate to how one can apply snap judgment or rapid cognition to everyday activities, it is hard to relate the misinterpretation of information as understanding. It would have been a great insight if Gladwell applied more of his understanding and comprehension of his concepts to further expand on this confusion. I also fall victim of misinterpretation, as seen in studying for exams and midterms. Simply memorizing and regurgitating the information does not conclude that I understand the material....
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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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