‘Thin Slicing’ or the ‘quick and dirty’ way to knowledge

‘Thin slicing’ is the ability of the mind to find patterns in situations based on very narrow slices of experience. It is why people can often make accurate judgements in very rapid timescales that are better, or at least as good as carefully researched results. Malcolm Gladwell gives some remarkable examples of how it works in ‘Blink’, the successor to ‘The Tipping Point’. The more I read, the more it makes me doubt the value of standard forms of research. He is not arguing that snap judgements are always better but that we should take more notice of them…

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking

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