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      Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made In The Blink Of An Eye

      by Michael R. LeGault
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      Product Details

      • Publisher: Threshold Editions
      • Publishing date: 24/10/2006
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9781416531555
      • ISBN: 1416531556

      Synopsis

      Outraged by the downward spiral of intellect and culture, Michael LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling phenomenon, Blink, which theorized that our best decision-making is done on impulse, without factual knowledge or critical analysis. If bestselling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning has become a lost art in the daily life of people everywhere.

      Somewhere along the line, the Age of Reason morphed into the Age of Emotion; this systemic erosion is costing time, money, jobs, and lives in the twenty-first century, leading to less fulfilment and growing dysfunction. LeGault provides a bold, controversial, and objective analysis of the causes and solutions for some of the biggest problems facing Western culture in the 21st century. From the over- load of reality TV shows and gossip magazines that have rendered curiosity of the mind and spirit obsolete to permissive parenting and low standards that have caused an academic crisis among our children, LeGault looks at all aspects of modern lives and points to how and where it all went wrong.


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      • Enhance creativity and improve reasoning
        From Amazon

        "We have become a society in which the first instinct is not to think clearly, it is the protection of one's backside "(pg 29) The book explores why the use of reason is declining and the ones to blame for this.
        Despite Blink being a best-seller, and having great reviews, I was never persuaded to read it. However, Think! caught my attention and I am pleased to have read it. I can't comment on the comparisons Le Gault makes to Blink, but I recommend this book to those who have and have not read Blink. Le Gault is a master of words and a clever thinker. The majority of his arguments are valid and the ones you may disagree with just open the door to insightful thinking. This book will make you feel guilty about watching TV and engaging in non-intellectual activities or "passive entertainment" as he calls it but nonetheless it will encourage you to become a critical thinker. Le Gault is definitely a conservative and expresses his right-wing views throughout the book but after all, aren't challenging views necessary to become critical thinkers?
        "It is not luxury, or corruption, or invasion per se that ultimately threatens and weakens a society, but moral decline, spiritual decline, ennui, or some sort of intellectual lethargy". (pg321)

      • Don't Blink, Think!
        From Amazon

        In light of the present housing crisis and pending recession, this book could not have been written at a better time. Obviously upset at the flawed, subjectivist logic of Malcolm Gladwell, Michael LeGault has responded in kind with this well-written book.

        Essentially, LeGault believes that the reason why people in the West are in trouble is due to their inability to or unwillingness to think their actions through before deciding on their course of action.

        A prime example of people not thinking their actions through until its too late is the housing slump and pending recession. If people had taken the time to think and use logic before signing on to the mortgages with which many are now in default, the so-called housing crisis and recession we are seeing would have never happened. Now, as a result of illogical behavior, the taxpayers may soon be looted to bail these people out or the lenders will be forced to freeze their actions on people in default of their mortgages.

        What many people need to start doing is re-learning how to think and stop conducting themselves in a subjectivist, touchy-feely manner. Unfortunately, many times it takes things to get bad before people realize the mistakes they make. This methodology needs to change and I believe it can and will since people mostly learn from their mistakes.

        This is not to say people should never take risks or that feelings are irrelevant. However, an objective, consistent, logical and well-thought out course of action is needed before taking major decisions in one's life. Logic grounded in subjectivism, which is what Gladwell advocates, is nice on paper but is lousy in practice.

      • Vacuous attempt to cash in on Blink
        From Amazon

        LeGault gives the idea that he's writing something self-consciously rebutting, or at least responding to, Gladwell's _Blink_.

        He isn't. Don't buy this book thinking that you're getting an informed perspective on the psychology, decision theory, pedagogy, or historical study of problem-solving or critical reasoning. It is none of those things. It is a rambling, tedious, conservative diatribe against "political correctness", social programs, and other neo-con bugbears.

        If you want Coulter-lite, this book is perfect for you. If you want an educated, coherent discussion of critical thinking or sound decision-making, save your money for Thomas Gilovich's _How We Know What Isn't So_, or Max Bazerman's _Judgment in Managerial Decision Making_.

      • Missed the Point
        From Amazon

        I don't think that LeGault even read Blink. More likely, he looked at the cover, scanned a few pages, and decided to write a cultural book as a "counterarguement" to a much better book that was really about human and organizational psychology (and in the process score a few extra book sales by piggy-backing on a much better and more popular book). Save your money. If you really want to read about decision making, I recommend Sources of Power by Gary Klein, and for business people, Certain to Win by Chet Richards.

      • Could use a bit more thinking....
        From Amazon

        One would expect a book call "Think" to exhibit more thought. I expected to see examples of carefully thought out analyses, but found none, really. There are knee-jerk rants, unsupported opinions, and really nothing that challenges anyone to change the way that they think.

        The first chapter hints that we are about to discover a better way to think--but mostly we discover is that the world is not reaching the conclusions that LeGault thinks that it should, and we are not presented with any evidence why the world is wrong. The world may very well be wrong, but in most cases LeGault attacks the same old straw men, presenting only a parody of the ideas he opposes. He presents no data to back the ideas that he supports. He intends to champion objectivity, but does not exhibit it himself. He particulary misrepresents the book "Blink," which is more about how to avoid the pitfalls of unconcious bias than how to avoid thinking.

        There are many examples of great thinkers presented, but in a rather shallow way. LeGault does not really pinpoint what it is that separates great thought from mediocre; we gain no insight into the thought process of his exemplars. This is not the book to read if you want to find out how the great thinkers do it.

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