after thoroughly enjoying ‘outliers’ by malcolm gladwell i decided to re-read ‘blink’ by the same author. after i read ‘the tipping point’ by gladwell, i lost interest in blink fairly quickly but i have found it thought provoking this time around. the premise behind ‘blink’ is that we are able to think without thinking; without realizing what we are doing, we act on impulses and feelings that are seemingly unfounded. one of the first sections is called thin slicing, where studies were conducted using a very small sample, yet were amazingly accurate. the 10 minutes of a conversation between a couple could be broken down and were able to predict divorce rate at over 90%, the artist knowing a fake when they saw it, but not immediately able to verbalize why. it is interesting stuff. odd too, in that we are usually told not to jump to conclusions or use quick judgement and it turns out that in some ways that first impulse should be what we listen to. does that mean that whatever i do to set up a professional learning experience, however elaborate the set up and intro, i am still at the mercy of snap judgements?