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November 4, 2009

I just finished blink by Malcolm Gladwell, which highlights the difference between conscious and unconscious decision making.  This relates to 50skatekid in a few ways.  First, Gladwell’s examples reminded me of the early entries of this blog, when my unconscious had decided that this trip was a good idea long before my conscious mind got on board!  Second, since this trip is founded on the value of direct experience, and this book validates that approach (on par with more academic/scientific approaches).  Evidently, some expertise can only be developed through direct experience: the tennis pro who can foresee double-fault serves, the investor who takes stock positions based partly on intuition, and the art historian who, as an expert witness in court, can accurately declare something fake while being unable to articulate anything like “evidence” for his conclusion.  I have no idea what career Logan will pursue in his life, but this book helps to reassure me that, this year, Logan is filling the mysterious decision making machine “behind the locked door” of his unconscious.  Whether I can put my finger on it or not, he’s learning a lot.

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  1. November 4, 2009 10:55 am

    You should check out the KaBOOM! playspace finder. There are 779 records when you do a search by “skate” under playspace name.

    I can’t wait to hear more about your exciting adventures!

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