Category: Literature

A review of ‘Blink’ written by Malcom Gladwell.

Blink- By Malcom Gladwell

What was the first thought that crossed your mind when you read the title? blink? Is it about an article that explains the bat of an eye? What if a split second was all it took your brain to generate a set of posit on what it would be? (Yes keep thinking, I might be talking about the birth of the first-impression-is-the-best-impression theory). The book blink- the power of thinking without thinking by Malcom Gladwell explains the de facto thinking within our heads as ‘the backstage process’ of the human brain. How we unknowingly frame our opinions and make concrete decisions.

Gladwell starts by directly introducing us to the concept of rapid cognition, where he writes about how fast the brain can jump to conclusions by processing data based on stored information of past experiences. He portrays instances which show us how and why intuitions can be fully trusted by explaining many case studies. Going deeper, he tells us about ‘Thin-slicing’, an activity of separating input into chunks, which help in processing information and make rapid decisions. Also shows us the importance of focusing on the right slices to use while making a decision that will be much easier to make with higher efficiency.

He feels that biased judging and the stereotype-the-thinking factor evolved through time plays a major role in decision making; which he explains to be the pull-down factor of this process. Backing up his Statement that the best decisions are made by little pieces of high-quality information, he also quotes instances where instantaneous decision making had failed because of the perception at the instant, which he proves by drawing similarities between autism and sudden adrenaline-generating actions. This, by carefully understanding the brain, can help us apply them in decision-based events
in our real life. Lastly he speaks about how vision can dominate our decisions by showing statistical
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Rathnakar Sundaresan
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Rathnakar Sundaresan

Mightier Than The Sword

Mightier Than The Sword

Clashing swords and seeping blood wounds,
agonizing wails and arenas of doom.
Crumbling promises and hidden truths,
revenge and betrayal, do we have no ruth?

Deepening scars and withering trust,
loyalty and faith, just a cloud of dust.
Forgotten obligations, disharmony inside and out
finding truce is now a search of doubt.

Before it is too late,
we can discipline to change our fate.
Perceive a place where bonds are made,
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Sukriti Lakhtakia
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Sukriti Lakhtakia

“I’m 83 and Tired”—By Bill Cosby

“I’m 83 and Tired” Worth reading…..

This should be required reading for every man, woman and child in all the world…

“I’m 83 and I’m Tired”

I’m 83. Except for brief period in the 50′s when I was doing my National
Service, I’ve worked hard
 since I was 17. Except for some serious
health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly
40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my
income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as
though retirement was a bad idea, and
I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who
don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take
the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy
to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I
can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and
daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight
offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t
“believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning
teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the
genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and
Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let
Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques
and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand ,
UK , America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to
fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other
Arab country to teach love and tolerance..

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global
warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help
support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ
rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses
or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all
parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful
mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting
caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and
actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination
or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and
early 20′s be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making
themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I’m not
going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for
my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not
on the way in.

This is your chance to make a difference.

An article by:
Bill Cosby