Thin-Slicing, Experts, and the Power of the Human Brain Help Capture Suspect Two Alive
April 20, 2013
The police in Watertown responded magnificently. But the most brilliant strategic move gets little notice from the press. For about sixteen hours, hundreds of law officers, FBI agents, helicopters, and satellites scoured a relatively tiny area of Boston suburbs for one wounded terrorist. At the same time, they kept the public relatively safe, off the streets, and out of the way of their manhunt. **But they didn’t find their man.
How the Establishment Wins
December 6, 2011
A few years ago, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an awesome article for The New Yorker: How David Beats Goliath. Read it after you read this. The story encourages and frustrates at the same time. Encourages because we learn Davids can, occasionally, beat Goliaths. Frustrates because Goliaths tend to change the rules just before the epic battle. That’s how the establishment wins—by establishing the rules. And changing them as necessary. Not exactly fair, but fairness isn’t in the rule book.