RD 4 - Aguilera 1 Claudia Aguilera March 30/2011 Karen...

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Aguilera 1 Claudia Aguilera March 30/2011 Karen Kalteissen Basic Composition 100-G “Judging people by something more than just appearance” As human beings and creatures of God, we make mistakes everyday in our lives, and at the same time learn from it. Prejudicing, making snap judgements, and in general thin-slicing is something we are born with. Unfortunately most of the times when doing this process we are most likely to not get an accurate answer, unless we are trained to do this. Malcolm Gladwell a reporter, writer for The New Yorker magazine and a very influential person in our time writes in his essay “The Theory of Thin Slices: How a Little Bit of Knowledge Goes a Long Way” (89- 106) about the thin-slicing theory and how it works. Gladwell gives several examples where thin-slicing works and how it helps our society to make a quick judgements being accurate at it. At the same time Michael Kamer a photojournalist from the New York Times, relates in his essay “Toil and Temptations” (191-201) the story of two undocumented Mexicans brothers, starting a new life in New York. In this essay we can see how thin-slicing and snap judgements do not al- ways work, since these two brothers and everyone else in the same situation as them, get affected by others that prejudice against them. Thin-slicing is most likely to work by analyzing people’s emotion but not by the way they look or live. Thin-slicing provides us with the solution of get- ting to know someone, not for the way they look but for what their emotions show. There is a great danger in doing thing-slicing. Only people who are trained at it are the ones that when doing it get right answers. As humans being thin-slicing plays a big role in our lives and we use it everyday. As author Gladwell mentions, “The truth is that our unconscious is really good at this, to the point where thin-slicing often delivers a better answer than more delib- erate and exhaustive ways of thinking” (98). People, like professionals, with the same beliefs as
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Aguilera 2 author Gladwell, believe that this method, thin-slicing, is the best answer for a quick judgement and that it always work. So far, people who have been trained to work with this method, have been accurate most of the times while doing their job. This method marks a new era where people, after being trained at it, could make judgments based in only a few seconds of looking at
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