[LMB] OT: Police action / Malcolm Gladwell was Re: OT: Why, oh why do woman mystery story writers seem to be obsessed with clothes???

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Tue Dec 10 01:38:17 GMT 2019

On Sat, 7 Dec 2019, Caroline Tabach wrote:
> I recommend the latest book by Malcolm Gladwell on this subject

Which is _Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We 
Don't Know_.

The section where he deals with assumptions and how they can screw up our 
decision-making was quite interesting, and definitely something one should 
be aware of. Gladwell showed that both trusting people (viz Bernie Madoff) 
and *not* trusting people (viz a cop who sent a young woman to jail for 
possibly going through a stop sign and then refusing to knuckle under to a 
him when he improperly told her to not smoke in her own car) can get us 
into serious trouble. No easy answers.

That being said, I though this book was less well-organized or argued 
than some of his previous books, and at least one chapter could have been 
completely excised and not missed.


Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
-- Toni Morrison

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