368 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 in
October 24, 2006
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416531556
ISBN - 13: 9781416531555
About the Book
In "Think!," award-winning author LeGault refutes the 2005 bestseller "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thought" and describes an intellectual crisis in our country, the factors that created it, and why thinking is relevant to everyday lives, jobs, and quality of life.
Read from the Book
Chapter 1 Don't Blink, Think The company, a medium-sized automotive supplier based in Ohio, was already spinning in the upper regions of a vortex heading directly down the tube. What the company did sounded simple enough. It took glass windshields, put a strip of rubber around the perimeter, and shipped them to major automotive manufacturers. An operator placed the glass into a machine, and the machine injected melted rubber around the edge, then quickly cooled it to make it stick. The problem was this: The glass was breaking. The scrap rate mounted -- 10 percent, 20 percent. Little bar graphs posted in the cafeteria illustrated the amount of money the company was losing each week. Employees blinked uncomprehendingly when the figure reached a million dollars. Was anyone doing anything? The company was doing all it could, or at least it felt it was. It hired a young, dynamic, university-educated plant manager. Intuition their guide, the plant manager and his team of floor supervisors and engineers attacked the problem. They pulled the dies -- large steel molds into which the glass was placed -- from every machine and scanned them with lasers to confirm dimensions to a thousandth of an inch. They ran quality control checks on all shipments of glass they received from other companies. They installed new process control software on the machines to continuously monitor the internal condition of each machine. Day and night, one or more engineers paced the factory, poring o
Table of Contents
Contents Part One Causes
1 Don't Blink, Think
2 Analyze What?
3 Thought, American Style
4 Feeding the Feel-Good Monster
5 The Rise of the Political and Correct, the Fall of the Smart and Quick
6 It's the Real Thing: Marketing, the Media, and Mayhem
7 I'm Too Busy: The Myth of "Stress" and "Information Overload" Part Two Inspiration
8 Great Thinkers Part Three Fixes
9 If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get: A Return to Discipline and Standards
10 Stretching the Horizon: Embracing Risk and Reward
11 Hearing the Harmony of Reason: Embracing Objectivity, Thinking Critically
12 How to Save Civilization in One Easy Step Notes Acknowledgments
From the Publisher
Outraged by the downward spiral of intellect and culture, Michael LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling phenomenon, Blink, which theorized that our best decision-making is done on impulse, without factual knowledge or critical analysis. If bestselling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning has become a lost art in the daily life of people everywhere.
Somewhere along the line, the Age of Reason morphed into the Age of Emotion; this systemic erosion is costing time, money, jobs, and lives in the twenty-first century, leading to less fulfilment and growing dysfunction. LeGault provides a bold, controversial, and objective analysis of the causes and solutions for some of the biggest problems facing Western culture in the 21st century. From the over- load of reality TV shows and gossip magazines that have rendered curiosity of the mind and spirit obsolete to permissive parenting and low standards that have caused an academic crisis among our children, LeGault looks at all aspects of modern lives and points to how and where it all went wrong.
"[For] those concerned about America losing touch with its intellectual traditions . . . Think! could not have emerged at a better time." -- The Washington Times