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Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye


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This isn't the time to Blink.

It's time to


-- before it's too late.

Outraged by the downward spiral of American intellect and culture, Michael R. 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 Americans. 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 fulfillment and growing dysfunction. LeGault provides a bold, controversial, and objective analysis of the causes and solutions for:

• the erosion of growth and market share at many established American companies, big and small, which appear to have less chance of achieving the dynamic expansion of the past

• permissive parenting and low standards that have caused an academic crisis among our children — body weights rise while grades plummet

• America's growing political polarization, which is a result of our reluctance to think outside our comfort zone

• faulty planning and failure to act on information at all levels that has led to preventable disasters, such as the Hurricane Katrina meltdown

• a culture of image and instant gratification, fed by reality shows and computer games, that has rendered curiosity of the mind and spirit all but obsolete

• stress, aversion to taking risks, and therapy that are replacing the traditional American "can do" mind-set.

Far from perpetuating the stereotype of the complacent American, LeGault's no-holds-barred analysis asks more of us than any other societal overview: America can fulfill its greatest potential starting today, and we need smart teachers, smart health care workers, smart sales representatives, smart students, smart mechanics, and smart leaders to make it happen. Now is the time to THINK! — because a mind truly is a terrible thing to waste.


In "Think!," award-winning author LeGault refutes the 2005 bestseller "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thought" and describes an intellectual crisis in our country, the factors that created it, and why thinking is relevant to everyday lives, jobs, and quality of life.


Subtitled, "Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made In The Blink Of An Eye".

Table of Contents


Part One Causes

1 Don't Blink, Think

2 Analyze What?

3 Thought, American Style

4 Feeding the Feel-Good Monster

5 The Rise of the Political and Correct, the Fall of the Smart and Quick

6 It's the Real Thing: Marketing, the Media, and Mayhem

7 I'm Too Busy: The Myth of "Stress" and "Information Overload"

Part Two Inspiration

8 Great Thinkers

Part Three Fixes

9 If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get: A Return to Discipline and Standards

10 Stretching the Horizon: Embracing Risk and Reward

11 Hearing the Harmony of Reason: Embracing Objectivity, Thinking Critically

12 How to Save Civilization in One Easy Step



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carlcallmer, March 2, 2007 (view all comments by carlcallmer)
I picked up this book while on my way to my winter holiday this christmast, having just checked in my bags and waiting for my gate to open. seeing on the front page the phrase "why crucial decisions cant be made in the blink of an eye"

-something which i belive is crucial to so mouch in life, and is too often overlooked and is certainly undervalued in the world (in my experience) ,
many people seem to think that great thoughts or ideas are most often arrived at or given by some sort of 'magic' or 'inspiration', 'hunch' or 'feeling' rather than as a product of mostly reasoned thought and critical thinking.

as you might have guessed, -i agree with the basic point of view presented in this book.
beeing a somewhat senior software engineer and therefore having as part of my dutys the task of introducing my newly graduated colleguest to the business, i am often surprised to find this mindset, because that is how i would describe it, missing in them, there is a big difference between "a hunch" and "a conclusion".

and while Mr LeGault on the whole makes a persuasive case for why this view of things, or however you would describe it, this approach perhaps, is essential, he does make some (at least to someone from my background) staggeringly innacurate statements.

the first one that stuck with me was very early on, where he states that since the average scores of students tested in ( in i can't remember which test specifically) problem solving were down, that would mean that the average scores of the best group of students were also down.
-this does not follow, this is not implied by that fact alone, it is certainly possible that the best students score as high or even higher than in previous years, and the average could still be lower now. With due respect, Mr LeGault should read up on his math, and not infer things from concepts he does not fully grasp.

now, in most books this would not be a problem, this form of sloppy reasoning can ofttimes be excused.
but in a book whose primary goal is to promote "critical thinking" and "deductive reasoning" -this is in my opinion a major flaw. -major.

he after that goes on to make som very sweeping statements about "the decline in critical thinking" in europe and america respectively, without any proof or examples, just as a stated fact, something that sounds plausible, but has no proof, no examples, its just a statement. (thinking in europe has apparently declined because of "sacrosanct postmodern, left-of-center principles" and in america the reason is said to be that america is becoming reliant on "a class of elite thinkers produced at our top universities" (presumably the same ones whose average score on that test must be lower)) this is a mode of reasoning that i would expect from a tabloid, not from a book that lauds the use of reasoned thought and informed decisions.

now, in a book with this stated purpose this is a very strange stance to take, and one that made me read the rest of the book with flagging enthusiasm and frankly, skepticism.

in short, this book can probably teach one to reason more, rely less on intuition and form more reasoned opinions, but i would suggest that you start by forming souch an opinion about this book.

P.S. i'm not sure if this is relevant or not, but since this will most likely be read mostly by people residing in the united states i should perhaps point out that i am not from the us, but from sweden, perhaps this might give me a different view on some things. also since this is not my mother tongue, it is somewhat hard to express nuances properly, i think perhaps i came off a bit more sarcastic then intended. (but at least math is math, and that logic should hold^^)
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Product Details

Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye
Threshold Editions
Legault, Michael R.
Legault, Michel
Hudson, Deal
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Intellectual life
Marketing - Research
Thought and thinking
General Current Events
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Publication Date:
January 2006
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8.36x5.66x1.30 in. .98 lbs.

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Business » Strategy

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"Synopsis" by , In "Think!," award-winning author LeGault refutes the 2005 bestseller "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thought" and describes an intellectual crisis in our country, the factors that created it, and why thinking is relevant to everyday lives, jobs, and quality of life.
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