Think (book)

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Think: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye is a book by editor and journalist Michael R. LeGault, released in January 2006. It was published under Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint under Simon & Schuster run by Mary Matalin.

Think claims to refute Blink, the best-selling 2005 book by Malcolm Gladwell.[1][2] It argues that America and the West are in decline because of an intellectual crisis. Think contends that blink-like snap judgments are the cause of major failures such as the Hurricane Katrina response. Michael LeGault maintains that relying on emotion and instinct instead of reason and facts is ultimately a threat to our freedom and way of life.


Think begins as a critique of the decline of critical thinking in America. LeGault briefly mentions Blink as the height of this irrationality, but moves on to other failures in government, schools, media, and industry.

LeGault offers several examples of irrationality and mediocrity throughout the book:

Much of the book deals with examples of failures or anomalies in American achievements. LeGault often attributes these shortcomings to a growing attitude or influential group. On page 93, he describes the problem of over-medicating children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder:

In view of LeGault's description of the problem, he closes the book by offering solutions. Specifically, he calls for higher standards, especially among parents and schools.


One mistake made in this book is that DDT was never banned for all uses, particularly to fight malaria. Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring, also cautioned against an outright ban on DDT in her book.

As the book occasionally attributes the problems in American society to specific groups, LeGault has been criticized as a dealer of conspiracy theories.[3] Taking one quote from the book, at page 312:

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  1. ^ "THINK: An Answer to the Bestselling "Blink"". The Washington Post. January 29, 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Think about it". The Globe and Mail. February 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  3. ^ Zachary Houle says "there are some real howlers sprinkled throughout Think, examples of pure lunacy that would be unintentionally funny on a Reefer Madness level if some of them weren't so patently offensive." "Blink 180" - Review by Zachary Houle

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