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What the Dog Saw

Essays

By Malcolm Gladwell

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| Paperback | 9781846142949

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From criminology to dog training to ketchup, Malcolm Gladwell takes everyday
subjects and shows us new ways of looking at the world.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    從雜誌文章集結而成的書無可避免地會有主題紛雜的問題,本書也是如此,尤其第一部裡六篇關於成功人物的文章都索然無味。不過後兩部的文章有許多觀點倒是頗有顛覆性,挑戰傳統的觀念,相當有趣。

    例如關於安隆案、X光片判讀,與九一一事件這三篇文章都指出我們在事後檢討時以為一切都有跡可循,而且當時的各種跡象已經很明顯的指向結果會如何,這其實是都只是事後諸葛的錯誤認知。當時面對的那些跡象其實是與其它大量的訊息混在一起,要從中判斷何者值得追查,甚至推測其影響層面,根本比在稻草堆裡找一根針還難,比較像是在稻草堆裡找 ...(continue)

    從雜誌文章集結而成的書無可避免地會有主題紛雜的問題,本書也是如此,尤其第一部裡六篇關於成功人物的文章都索然無味。不過後兩部的文章有許多觀點倒是頗有顛覆性,挑戰傳統的觀念,相當有趣。

    例如關於安隆案、X光片判讀,與九一一事件這三篇文章都指出我們在事後檢討時以為一切都有跡可循,而且當時的各種跡象已經很明顯的指向結果會如何,這其實是都只是事後諸葛的錯誤認知。當時面對的那些跡象其實是與其它大量的訊息混在一起,要從中判斷何者值得追查,甚至推測其影響層面,根本比在稻草堆裡找一根針還難,比較像是在稻草堆裡找外觀不明的稻草。

    另外關於企業面試徵才與任用人才的兩篇文章也指出普遍存在的錯誤迷思。說起來,這些比較有趣的文章似乎都屬於認知心理學的範疇哪!

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    張瑞棋 said on Nov 7, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    我覺得這本書的資料太多了,我反而很難消化。但是有些故事真的很令我驚訝,譬如關於月經的那個部分,我就沒想過應該要參考古代女性的月經生物學。

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    爪子 said on Sep 5, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    I borrowed this book because I wanted to read some English non-fictions. Some of the essays are really interesting, while some are little bit boring.

    I am really impressed by John Rock's Error, the one on birth-control pill, which reveals that wo ...(continue)

    I borrowed this book because I wanted to read some English non-fictions. Some of the essays are really interesting, while some are little bit boring.

    I am really impressed by John Rock's Error, the one on birth-control pill, which reveals that women a century ago normally only menstruated about a hundred times in their lives, comparing with four hundred times for women nowadays. How unfair!

    Blowing up is another interesting story on the investment market. I am glad that I have pulled out from it altogether. It seems that even a guru who has accumulated a vast fortune can easily lose it in a blink. In the author's example: a guy who is long on bonds was very happily making money on 364 days. One day, lightning strikes and he loses five times what he made.

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    ausone said on Jul 25, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    「寫作的成敗關鍵在於,能不能讓讀者手不釋卷,刺激讀者思考,給讀者一窺別人內心世界的機會,即便讀到最後的結論是,此人的內心世界並不值得羨慕。」
    每個人用每個人的角度看事情,自然會有看不見的角度,尚不論完全看不見的背面,甚至是,明明看同一面向的事物,解讀出來的成分也會不同。這就是為什麼我們不要預設立場,多聽一聽別人怎麼說,你看見的並不等於你所看見的。

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    Holf91 said on Aug 25, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    提了許多不同的切入點,
    但都沒有明確的解釋,
    與前作相較似乎有些落差。

    或許就像本書書名(What the Dog Saw?),
    期許能以不同角度切入,
    目的在於開拓你的眼界 - 而非解答。

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    阿仁 said on Apr 30, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Yes, most of these stories are a great read (only one I did not find that interesting, about hairpaint; somehow I did not connect to the subject). I guess I like The Art of Failure best. Failure is a very under communicated subject, I think.

    “Kreepi ...(continue)

    Yes, most of these stories are a great read (only one I did not find that interesting, about hairpaint; somehow I did not connect to the subject). I guess I like The Art of Failure best. Failure is a very under communicated subject, I think.

    “Kreeping determinism” by Fischoff reminds me of the Black Swann by Taleb, who is also featured in the book. Since Gladwell also refers to Lawrance Lessig’ book on Free Culture, in Something Borrowed, I better put that book on my ‘to read’ list as well.

    BTW check for a digital version at http://www.gladwell.com/archive.html (I have a Dutch version of the book, for anyone who prefers paper). A great read, on a sandy beach… still found some sand when I just opened the book.

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    Jw. said on Jan 7, 2012 | Add your feedback

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