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There's a wonderful phrase in psychology--"the power of thin slicing"--which says that as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience.I have an entire chapter in "Blink" on how unbelievably powerful our thin-slicing skills are.I started getting pulled out of airport security lines for special attention.And one day, while walking along , a police van pulled up on the sidewalk, and three officers jumped out.With "Blink," I'm trying to help people distinguish their good rapid cognition from their bad rapid cognition.
But I describe lots of cases in "Blink" where that simply isn't true.
You could also say that it's a book about intuition, except that I don't like that word.
In fact it never appears in "Blink." Intuition strikes me as a concept we use to describe emotional reactions, gut feelings--thoughts and impressions that don't seem entirely rational.
But I think that what goes on in that first two seconds is perfectly rational.
It's thinking--its just thinking that moves a little faster and operates a little more mysteriously than the kind of deliberate, conscious decision-making that we usually associate with "thinking." In "Blink" I'm trying to understand those two seconds.