Malcolm Gladwell Chops at Ice in Our Heads

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THANKS TO EMMA SPENCE FOR LINKING ME TO THIS SET OF PODCASTS.

For the 2nd post in a row, I am choosing to inundate you with a valuable time vacuum. Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History is a new collection of podcasts he has produced with the direct purpose of alerting us to the distinct possibility that we are mistaken about what we know to be the case.

Gladwell, as most of you know, is a master storyteller with a keen eye for vivid detail. In addition, he is a formidable exemplar of a value that I cherish—-diligence. Consequently, these podcasts will fascinate you.

But as almost always, I find his conclusions to stop at a level of concreteness and incompleteness that disappoint. In some sense his method of writing illustrates what he debunks, viz., he concludes too quickly. He is a fast thinker, but not a super fast thinker for it is his mission to think just a bit more slowly(effectively) than typical people think. So for me his conclusions usually contain a firmness of assertion that mimics the same premature conclusions that so annoy him.

I wonder whether we are all, in degrees,  guilty of the criticism I am making of Gladwell.

 

 

http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes

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