When I tell other students here that I plan to study behavioral economics, one of the first things they say to me is, "Have you heard of Malcolm Gladwell?
" And usually I respond, "How could I not have heard of him?
However, he does cite scientific studies and mentions various scientists' contributions, so he dresses his arguments academia's clothes.
You would be hard-pressed to find a Gladwell book that is not too far from other real academics' work in a bookstore, such as Dan Ariely or Steven Pinker (one cannot mention Gladwell without mentioning Pinker as well.
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With the top applicants from every high school applying to the best schools in the country, it's important to have an edge in your college application.Where his work truly fails the "true" test is the predictability part.The way he writes about the past makes some of the phenomenons he describe seem real.I would caution his readers to temper their enthusiasm. you can't do it their way.”Presumably, by "their way," he means the way in which true academics report their findings.For example, take his quote (first reported by Slate) on public radio’s “I am a story-teller, and I look to academic research … The reason I don’t do things their way is because their way has a cost: it makes their writing inaccessible. He is admitting here that he does not subject any of his theories to widely-accepted tests of scientific rigor and accuracy.I felt he was telling me some things I already knew but backing them up with facts and evidence, so it is better digested. More Like Freakonomics this was an interesting read.I felt there was a difference in that this book looked at something that could be proved and was very much self contained, Freakonomics looked at the bigger picture and... The kind of book from which you'll be regaling your friends with intriguing snippets for weeks to come * Scotland on Sunday *A wonderfully offbeat study of that little-understood phenomenon, the social epidemic * Daily Telegraph * Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist and author, best known for his books on social science, such as The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. Visit the Malcolm Gladwell author page Although this was a bestseller of the 1990’s, it is not difficult to recognize its contemporary relevance.More I plan to read more of Gladwell's work as this one was encouraging.In reality, he picks convenient anecdotes that fit his version of the story, and we are therefore left with nothing but coincidental events that are dressed up as social forces.Little of Gladwell's work has any scientific value for anyone looking to come up with educated hypotheses about the future, which is a defining trait of real science.