Assumptions and Prejudices in Malcolm Gladwell’s “What the Dog Saw”


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Assumptions and Prejudices in Malcolm Gladwell’s "What the Dog Saw"
The final section of Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw examines how humans cling to certain assumptions and stereotypes without questioning their validity or potential biases. In this section Gladwell challenges readers to question these assumptions and misconceptions to make better sense of the world in which we live. This part of the book is all about teaching ourselves to question what we think we know and also to challenge other people to break away from stereotypical beliefs.
In the “Dangerous Minds” essay talks about psychologist James Brussel who was called in to investigate a man named “F.P” who was planting pipe bombs in New York City from the 1940s through the...
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Overall, I think that this section of What the Dog Saw made me think a lot about my own prejudices and the ways I can jump to conclusions without considering all sides of the story. It made me more aware of the dangers of overgeneralization and inspired me to seek out examples of people doing this in newspapers and stories on the news. I think that by recognizing the human propensity to jump to conclusions will help me to question my own biases.
Note: I downloaded the articles from What the Dog Saw from Malcolm Gladwell’s website.
Gladwell, Malcolm. What the Dog Saw. New York: Little and Brown, 2009.
Gladwell, Malcolm. Gladwell Dot Com: New Yorker Archive. <> (19 Apr. 2011)