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If you look at the author photo on my last book, "The Tipping Point," you'll see that it used to be cut very short and conservatively.
But, on a whim, I let it grow wild, as it had been when I was teenager.
There's a wonderful phrase in psychology--"the power of thin slicing"--which says that as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience.
Imagine that I asked you to a play a very simple gambling game.But we won't admit to the importance of what happens in the first two seconds when we talk about what happens when someone encounters a new idea, or when we interview someone for a job, or when a military general has to make a decision in the heat of battle."The Tipping Point" was concerned with grand themes, with figuring out the rules by which social change happens. It is concerned with the smallest components of our everyday lives--with the content and origin of those instantaneous impressions and conclusions that bubble up whenever we meet a new person, or confront a complex situation, or have to make a decision under conditions of stress.I think its time we paid more attention to those fleeting moments.They were looking, it turned out, for a rapist, and the rapist, they said, looked a lot like me. I looked at it, and pointed out to them as nicely as I could that in fact the rapist looked nothing at all like me.He was much taller, and much heavier, and about fifteen years younger (and, I added, in a largely futile attempt at humor, not nearly as good-looking.) All we had in common was a large head of curly hair.