Blink by Malcolm Gladwell is the first book I have read outside of class in awhile. It feels good to break away from endless cycle of discussions and papers. What ever happened to just reading for fun?
Then again, this book is not exactly a fictional thriller, but it is indeed fascinating to examine the idea of choices made in an instant. The examples are clear, the reading quick and concise. Gladwell does an excellent job arguing his point that under the right conditions, “thin-slicing” and “snap judgements” are quite powerful. He ends on an example of how screened (behind a screen, that is) auditions allowed women to enter male-dominated orchestras around the world. He uses this example to show how we can apply the principles of the book to everyday life yet that applicaiton still seems a bit elusive. One cannot thin-slice consciously so how do you apply the power of this principle to everyday life? It is a question that remains somewhat unanswered.
I couldn’t help but draw strong parallels between the principles discussed and what I have been done in Advanced Projects Acting. It is almost as if Blink is the scientific backup for what I have been learning all year. The type of acting is based on getting the body to an ideal “zone” where impulses take over. The whole concept of touch-move, in acting, is based on moving the body without intellectualizing. It truly is “the power of thinking without thinking.”