Throughout the duration of the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, I was always thinking about how the split seconds decisions could be beneficial, and how if there was a down side to the snap judgments. At the very end of the book, I read a quote that I stuck with me for the remainder of the book and in my thoughts following. This quote was something that stood out to me, and something that equated to exactly what I was thinking.
“Too often we are resigned to what happens in the blink of an eye.” (Blink 152)
As aforementioned, this quote really stood out to me because it connected to my thoughts through out the book. The majority of the book was dedicated to educating us, the readers, about the power of making decisions in the blink of an eye. Yes, there was a portion of the book that touched on how these instant decisions and judgments can On the positive side of thin-slicing, we are exposed to the many different situations in which it can be used to gather information; throughout the book we see thin-slicing applied to everything from ancient Greek art to speed dating. We are introduces to the power and effect that words have to our unconscious. One of the many experiments that were talked about in the book was the scrambled sentence test, a test in which words linked with ‘being old’ were hidden in each sentence. The study concluded that after reading those sentences the test takers would unknowingly exit the test center at a much slower pace than when they entered. However, as said in the “dark side of thin-slicing” section, thin-slicing can be the root of prejudice and discrimination. Looking at someone and instantly categorizing them for their race is a very common example of this. Living in