Science, Information and Decision-Making in Malcolm Gladwell’s “What the Dog Saw”


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Science, Information and Decision-Making in Malcolm Gladwell’s "What the Dog Saw"
The second part of Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw focuses on the ways that humans make decisions, how many of these ways are flawed, and how having narrow or flawed vision can lead to tragic outcomes. In the book Gladwell uses the quote “It was like driving down the interstate looking through a soda straw.” This quote is talking about the deepest form of tunnel vision. The tunnel made by a straw is tiny and when someone is looking through that it skews their perceptions of everything. Add the fact that the person staring through the straw is barreling down the interstate going at least 60 miles per hour and you have a recipe for disaster. When you take...
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.....his section of Gladwell’s book definitely made me think about my own decision making processes including my biases and habitual ways of seeing the world. I don’t want to fall victim to looking at life through a soda straw while driving down the interstate. I think that Part Two of What the Dog Saw should be required reading for college students, people in the business world, government officials, or pretty much anyone who has to make important decisions in their lives.
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 Dot Com: New Yorker Archive. <> (26 Mar. 2011)