I am participating, and obeying the rules so this post isn't about the book or plot. Just to say it's way better than Snow Crash.
Seriously, fuck Snow Crash.
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
Book thread posted 1st of the month.
Reading begins 8th of the month.
Spoilers lifted 22nd of the month and next month's poll opens.
No posts from 1st-7th about the book or plot, can only post that you're participating.
Pretty much agree with Vvoid.
Still, it's only 200 pages and it gave me plenty of things to spout out to my friends and sound like I'm not the retard I really am. The primary redeeming quality of the last BOTM would be that you could bludgeon Merkins with it if you owned a physical copy.
How does The Tipping Point compare? Is it similarly focused on the one single premise, which is pretty similar to Outliers? Should I read it, or just re-watch the How Mac Got Fat episode of Always Sunny again?
I'm not done yet, I just finished teh pilot chapter, but I agree with Vvoid except for one minor point...
It's good though, I like this kind of pop statistics stuff.
I haven't read the book, it's on my reading list though. I just felt the need to comment that I thought it was hilarious you guys are using spoilers for a non-fiction, non-plot oriented book.
Yeah it feels kind of weird doing that, but I don't want to somehow ruin the book for some sensitive lady out there in RR-land.
Fair enough. I looked in to that Chris Langan dude, and it's pretty interesting. I also found it hilarious that as smart as he is, he's a huge proponent of intelligent design. Like the saying goes, really smart people can believe in really stupid things.
I felt the point of the book was a sort of mental band-aid. Saying that its ok if you haven't changed the world. There is only so much room in this world for innovation. On top of that there are only so many opportunities to leverage your innovation. If the market isn't ready it just isn't and we see that in the tech world all the time with certain technology randomly resurfacing. Like tablets.
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That's pretty much it, and more or less what he states in that interview: natural ability and hard work are certainly important. But so are your circumstances. You're not going to be an "outlier" unless all of those factors come together. But just the same, even if you have the right circumstances, without ability and work ethic, it's not going to happen either.
Finished it the other night. Really enjoyed it and probably wouldn't have looked at it if not for the book club hint.
No surprises Suineg didn't get it. Bromer summed it up nicely.
I felt it was a good summary of the subject and chose it's examples well. It read easily and flowed nicely.
Here, in Scotland, in my day there was such a thing as a February intake to schools (seems there still is). Thus people like me born in January (September to February is the range) got half a year's more school than everyone else. I wonder how that fits in with how the book looked at it, especially in the first chapter. If I wasn't so lazy I would go look
I read about half of The Tipping Point and a couple chapters of Outliers a couple years ago. Both books to me were just stating the obvious and something I have known all my life, so I stopped reading them. Personally, I don't get the acclaim Malcolm Gladwell receives.
The poll for May will go up when I get back from work tonight.
Yeah I was just thinking about that earlier today. If you ever need a hand/don't have time/whatever let someone know. We'll let Sean do it and call it Manga Torture Porn month or something.
I think I would jump in before I ever let Sean's cheeto stained fingers anywhere near the book house.
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