• by Michael R. LeGault
  • Narrated by Michael R. LeGault
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Outraged by the downward spiral of American intellect and culture, Michael R. LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling phenomenon, Blink, which celebrated impulse thinking over factual knowledge or critical analysis. If best-selling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning is on the decline, leading our society to incompetence and failure. LeGault talks about:

Permissive parenting and low standards that have caused an academic crisis among our children, body weights rise while grades plummet
A culture of image and instant gratification, fed by reality shows and computer games, that has rendered curiosity of the mind and spirit all but obsolete
Stress, aversion to taking risks, and therapy that are replacing the traditional American "can do" mind-set Far from perpetuating the stereotype of the complacent American, LeGault maintains that Americans are abundantly gifted with the ability to fulfill our nation's greatest potential starting today but we need smart teachers, health care workers, sales representatives, students, mechanics, and leaders to make it happen. A bracing wake-up call to America, Think! delivers a no-holds-barred prescription for reversing the erosion of American civilization.


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noncritical critical thinking

This book starts off with some great points - the world needs more critical thinking. I couldn't agree more.

However LeGault doesn't even take his own advice. The majority of the book is composed of several rants on a range of issues, most of which can be refuted rather easily with a bit of critical thinking.

He spends a great deal of time asserting that the jury is still out on global warming, that we shouldn't take the issue seriously. However he doesn't offer any studies or other evidence to back his claim. He must be using the popular press for his sources, because it is virtually impossible to find a single peer reviewed scientific paper that refutes the urgency of the climate crises. Take a look at the Union of Concerned Scientists (a group of 49 Nobel laureates, 63 National Medal of Science recipients, and 175 members of the National Academies) for more information.

LeGault takes many similar stances that are easy to refute: "The desires of the advertising industry have little impact on the direction of media corporations". It doesn't take much critical thinking skill to question that statement.

Or his absolute certainty that Male and Female brains are fundamentally different in a physical and inherent way. Given that our knowledge of the brain is at most limited, I question his certainty. There are many studies suggesting that these differences may, or may not, be statistically insignificant. And to state that these differences could not possibly have been a result of socialization is absurd. In an area of study where there is so much uncertainty why would he take such an extreme position?

Given the above examples (and there are others), I can only conclude that LeGault's intention for this book is not to promote critical thinking, but rather it is a platform for him to rant on his extreme viewpoints.
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- Dave

Excellent idea

I was suspicious of "Blink" when I read parts of it briefly in a bookstore and the author here gives us good reason to be suspicious. As you might expect from the title, the book is about the need for all of us to think more critically about matters in life. As a former college professor, I can attest that whatever we can do to encourage critical thinking, and careful thinking in general, is worthwhile. One small critique of this audio book would be that I think this is a case of where not having the author read his/her work would be a good thing. The author reads a little slowly and I would have wanted a little more energy in the voice. Professional voice talent might have been nice. Other than that, interesting and worthwhile listening.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2006
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio