English: Malcolm Gladwell speaks at PopTech! 2008 conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cover of Outliers: The Story of Success
I have just listened to three audiobooks read by author Malcolm Gladwell. I have heard of him and his books but just happened upon his Tipping Point and Blink both of which are worth a read. He is not quite as smart as John McWhorter because in his interview with Gates he peppered his answers with lots of “ahms, and you know” I’m like WTF? This guy is not doing a good interview. Was he nervous or was there bad chemistry between the two talkers. During his many lectures Gladwell is well, coherent and not stumbling over his words.
My only problem with his thesis in Blink about thinking without thinking is that one is not using the brain or thoughts to reach lightning fast accurate assessments of situations that would harm them if they were to stop and think. It’s called intuituion and it operates above the mental plane not on it. So technically he is not correct but subjectively I can give him a pass on the book. It gets people to thinking about intuition or making choices without thinking but intuiting and TRUSTING THAT INTUIT.
Oh and how can I forget the Outliers about success. This October his new book ” David and Goliath” should be out in print.
He confirms one thing I know from my past life research that nurture and culture are huge and they are passed down just like genes to offspring. Not only that but particular traits are indeed part of a family’s DNA.
I also found this link about his genealogy and that his grandparent was named Thomas Adams. That’s strange because that’s my maiden name and my grandfather, not the same person of course, was also named Thomas Adams!
I will have to do a little more research because we in fact could be related through our European ancestors. It’s ironic because my anglo ancestors are mostly on my father’s side hence the name Adams. However, my mother’s people are Mediterranean hence my olive coloring and Italian ways.
More later on this guy. He has interviews on youtube also you can check out.