Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

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What Is Gladwell's Purpose In The Last Part Of The Essay

What is Malcolm Gladwell's purpose with Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking?

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In “Listening with Your Eyes,” the Conclusion of Blink, Malcolm Gladwell says that the book provides two main lessons. Before detailing them, he offers a case study of the “revolution” that occurred in classical music after orchestras began conducting blind, or screened, auditions. Before 1980, the musicians auditioned generally in front of the orchestra members and the director who would make the selection.

On one occasion, a musician auditioning for the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra was the son of a member of one of Munich’s orchestras. The selection committee did not realize that one trombone applicant, Abbie Conant, was female. When they selected her after the screened audition, many of the committee members were shocked. The orchestra’s music director was sure that only men could play trombone well enough to qualify for his orchestra. Many musicians saw trombone as a masculine instrument.

Blind auditions were instituted not because the music world admitted to any biases...

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