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What the Dog Saw

by Malcolm Gladwell

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Literature & Fiction


Language: English

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This is remarkable work of Canadian journalist, author, and pop sociologist, considered to be an outstanding researcher of extraordinary. What the Dog Saw contains a great deal of his best writings, full of liveliness and unfailing curiosity. This collection of articles for the New Yorker is divided into three parts. The first portraits what he calls obsessives and minor geniuses; the second deals with unusual ways of thinking and the third focuses on how we make predictions about people. The arguments he raises are clear, defiant and significant, inducing to think for oneself after reading them. Gladwell tells us for instance about the inventors of automatic vegetable choppers and hair dye to Cesar Millan, the American “Dog Whisperer”,... Read more

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...meant. He assumed that the Pill was natural because it was an unobtrusive variant of the body’s own processes. In fact, as more recent research suggests, the Pill is really only natural in so far as it’sradical — rescuing the ovaries and endometrium from modernity. That Rock insisted on a twenty-eight-day cycle for his pill is evidence of just how deep his misunderstanding was: the real promise of the Pill was not that it could preserve the menstrual rhythms of the twentieth century but that it could disrupt them. Today, a growing movement of reproductive specialists has begun to campaign loudly against the standard twenty-eight-day pill regimen. The drug company Organon has come out with a new oral contraceptive, called Mircette, that cuts the seven-day placebo interval to two days. Patricia Sulak, a medical researcher at Texas A&M University, has shown that most women can probably stay on the Pill, straight through, for six to twelve weeks before they experience breakthrough...

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Allie

09 Jan 2011 22:10:43

I WONDER what the dog saw! :P

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He is a tall man, an athlete, thick through the upper body and trunk, with a long, imposing face and baleful, hooded eyes. He was shoeless. One collar on his shirt was twisted inward, and he looked away as he talked. I let down my friends. I lost my business. I was a major money manager. Now I pretty much have had to start from ground zero. He paused. Five years have passed. The beaver builds a dam. The river washes it away, so he tries to build a better foundation, and I think I have. But Im always mindful of the possibility of more failures.

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Pianta pointed out how the teacher managed to personalize the material. Cis for cow turned into a short discussion of which of the kids had ever visited a farm. Almost every time a child says something, she responds to it, which is what we describe as teacher sensitivity, Hamre said.

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In the late 1960s, Sweden changed over from driving on the left-hand side of the road to driving on the right, a switch that one would think would create an epidemic of accidents. But, in fact, the opposite was true. People compensated for their unfamiliarity with the new traffic patterns by driving more carefully. During the next twelve months, traffic fatalities dropped 17 percent before returning slowly to their previous levels.

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Why are more pedestrians killed crossing the street at marked crosswalks than at unmarked crosswalks? Because they compensate for the safe environment of a marked crossing by being less vigilant about oncoming traffic. Why did the introduction of childproof lids on medicine bottles lead, according to one study, to a substantial increase in fatal child poisonings? Because adults became less careful in keeping pill bottles out of the reach of children.

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Panic, in this sense, is the opposite of choking. Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little. Choking is about loss of instinct. Panic is reversion to instinct. They may look the same, but they are worlds apart.

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