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Sevastyan Antonov
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What The Dog Saw



What the Dog Saw is a compilation of 19 articles by Malcolm Gladwell that were originally published in The New Yorker which are categorized into three parts. The first part, Obsessives, Pioneers, and other varieties of Minor Genius, describes people who are very good at what they do, but are not necessarily well-known. Part two, Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses, describes the problems of prediction. This section covers problems such as intelligence failure, and the fall of Enron. The third section, Personality, Character, and Intelligence, discusses a wide variety of psychological and sociological topics ranging from the difference between early and late bloomers[3] to criminal profiling.[4]




What the Dog Saw


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In this stunning audiobook, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous, and the most successful. He asks the question: What makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: That is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.


Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of...well, everything. The inner working of a crack gang...the truth about real-estate agents...the secrets of the Klu Klux Klan. What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking, and Freakonomics will redefine the way we view the modern world.


Cesar Milan owns a Dog Psychology Centre filled with dogs being integrated in the pack. He trains them to walk as an exercise and later rewarded with food. Out of forty seven canines he owns, many had been wild having showed aggression towards people and chaotic but are all contained in a sought of prison yard, remaining calm and submissive, which is a relaxing state of mind just like what humans required. He played with the dogs through careful rules for 10-15 minutes.


And that's where Berri's other major trick comes in: he wants to measure success on a per play basis, rather than some more useful cumulative measure, such as Pro Bowl selections or career yardage or whatever.


Your statement makes it sound as though Steve thinks that ALL black have lower IQs than ALL whites. I'm sure that he does not think that -- nor does any psychometrician worth his salt. Simply because that is not what the evidence tells us.


Pitching is a fun thing to practice. It can actually help you understand what your book/article/presentation is about. One should perfect their pitch in the car, in the mirror and then try it out on their friends. Talk about vulnerable! But you can save yourself a lot of future headaches that way.


This review neatly sums up a lot of what I think about Gladwell. He writes really well, but when you start to look closely at some of his claims, they fall apart a little. But damn, the man can construct a narrative.


I listened to the audio version of What the Dog Saw, read by Gladwell, who has a fantastic voice for reading audiobooks and, of course, can always use the perfect tone for what are, after all, his own words.


The Pitchman tells the tale of a great inventor. Gladwell explores who he is and what people like him tend to be like. He compares these characters to actors. In the end, a resolution is found between their similar personalities.


2) Those who are willing to fail 364 days of the year, knowing that on day 365 they will succeed beyond all expectations. The realization here is that hours of struggle will pay off and that the win will be worth it.Adding to this example, Gladwell explains his view of what he calls the 1% mindset.


Gladwell's choice of subject matter - be it Enron, hair dye or birth control - bespeaks a nagging intelligence that wants to shake our assumptions about institutions we take for granted, and yet because his shaking doesn't always dislodge things quite enough, his essays risk confirming what we already suspected about his subjects. The strongest essays here flesh out a single topic's complexity and let it shimmer, without trying to make a thesis from it.


Certain characteristic quirks of Gladwell's essays appear and re-appear here, shuffled into different combinations: a crisp physical description of the subject ("Ilon Specht has ... lipstick the color of maraschino cherries"), a description of the person's work space ("Strassmann's office is in the basement of a converted stable"), a rhetorical question ("Isn't it an advantage that the FBI doesn't think like the CIA?"). These elements serve Gladwell, and they should comfort readers, in a sense, but one isn't always sure what whole the parts are adding up to. These essays are obviously well-researched, well-considered, well-supported and well-written. What's missing, too often, is the courage to allow subjects to breathe on their own.


When Malcolm was young, he realized that his father spent most of his day with things that nobody else understood. He started to wonder if there were other people who thought differently than others and what they could teach him about the human mind. After studying some of these unique minds, he came up with a few basic lessons about how we think.


Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 bestsellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology. Among the pieces: his investigation into why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; a surprising assessment of what makes for a safer automobile; a look at how we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job; an examination of machine built to predict hit movies; the reasons why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; his famous profile of inventor and entrepreneur Ron Popeil; a look at why employers love personality tests; a dissection of Ivy League admissions and who gets in; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and a look at hair dye and the hidden history of postwar America.


Personally, I really like patterns and chain reactions. When I read news stories or listen to anecdotes, my first two questions are always "what brought this on" and "what happened next"? Everything has a cause, right? Action and reaction, right? And once you understand the events that build up to something, you can either (a) make things happen just the way you want them or (b) avert things from happening by simply not toppling that single, first domino.


Don't let the winter weather put a damper on things. Run some mental laps and do a few intellectual pushups. There is good reason to keep your mind in shape, what between the holiday fudge and those comfy knitted sweaters. And enjoy the little things, because they become very big things indeed. For starters, I recommend two smart reads for you, and one for your dog: 041b061a72


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