Review of Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a new book by Malcolm Gladwell which discusses and breaks down the concept of rapid cognition and why it is often better than years of scientific data.
He also reviews when rapid cognition breaks down and how it can be refined. Excitement can cause a temporary state of autism. A lack of time and / or exepreience can also cause us to make quick, irrational, and / or biased decisions. The hardest thing to guage is the intent of another person.

Typically under normal circumstances when given enough time or experience (so as to manage our stress reaction) our immediate gut feelings are often correct.

How this book relates to SEO...

  • Many SEOs analyze large sets of data and can quickly state what changes have occured and what they would expect next due to past experience.

  • Many others are quick to say "prove it to me" and do no testing of their own.
  • The web is a social network. You need to learn to judge the intent of others in your community (that includes the people running search engines for SEOs) - and often you do not get to see the telling signs of a face.
  • Its important for your longterm success for you to learn who you can trust and build social relationships with.
  • If you can afford them conferences are really worth going to. If you can not afford them sometimes you can get free passes from friends or by helping set them up (as a bag stuffer or chair setter or whatever).
  • If you are uncertain who is worth trusting then testing and small steps would likely be useful. If you do not test or test poorly and consistantly state "prove it to me" you are likely to be found repulsive by the people who would have likely been willing to help you most.
  • I think I am more interested in how minds work than how search algorithms work, though if you learn a bunch about one I am sure that can also help you relate better to the other.

Free book for you?
First person to

  • reply to this post -and-

  • send me an email with their address and Blink as the subject wins a free copy of Blink.

Please do not request the free copy of this book unless you are sure you will read it, especially if you live in a country where sending you this book would cost me $60 in postage.

This contest is void where prohibited :)

[update: NickW stated he does not want person wins]

Published: January 25, 2005 by Aaron Wall in book reviews


August 5, 2005 - 10:20pm

Let me just say this, read it.

February 16, 2005 - 7:54pm

p.o. box 853
Opp, al 36467-sent anybody the new book yet? If not, I would love to have it.

January 25, 2005 - 11:14am

Wouldn't you know, I have already got it on order. Darn, I could have won it instead :O)

January 25, 2005 - 12:27pm

Wanna send one to Denmark? :-)

January 25, 2005 - 12:31pm

if you'll read it :)

another option is that I could paypal you what it would cost if its going to be like $25 for you to buy it or $100 for me to ship

January 25, 2005 - 12:59pm

.. or you could paypal the charity of your choice and we can all feel virtuous ;O)

January 25, 2005 - 3:04pm

WOW,I think I'll buy it!

Roger Hickman
April 28, 2005 - 7:38pm

In your review, the correct spelling of your word guage is.. gauge

January 25, 2005 - 5:07pm

I'd love to read it Aaron. I'll swap ya somethin' from my reading collection. Sounds like a great read.

May 10, 2005 - 2:45pm

i would like to read it. it sounds so interesting.


July 15, 2005 - 9:50pm

well i guess this book is really good for someone who is to sit in a lot of interviews in the coming days. i guess it will help me judge my personality better. Aaron send me this book for sure.

September 28, 2005 - 9:22am

Would love to read it!!!!!!!!

April 10, 2006 - 3:48am

Read profile of someone on internet math who made reference to the book. Seems like a must read. Please mail my copy to Florida,USA. Thank you

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