Monday, December 6, 2010

Thin Slicing

Malcolm Gladwell, is his book Blink (he also wrote The Tipping Point,) writes about Thin Slicing where "human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience." This is difference from intuition or a reptilian gut reaction. Thin slicing calls upon the "thinnest" of experience in sorting through things. Gladwell claims that it works better than we might imagine but not always. Maybe more is NOT better, at least in the case of information.


How often have we sized up people and situations based rumor, prejudice, one bad experience, or cultural norms? How is your Thin Slicing skill? Where does the Gospel of Jesus Christ need to temper it? Have you thin sliced a person or situation unfairly? Do you reflect on your thin slicing? I have a tendency to size things up pretty fast. Have I missed a God Moment?

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