In fact, one of the terms they use to describe autism is "extrememale brain syndrome."
Your first book, The Tipping Point, was full of infectious ideas. A Google search on any given day turns up dozens of "tipping points" in politics, pop culture, sports, weather, and more. Does its continued success surprise you?
Totally. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think the book would have that kind of impact and staying power. I thought I'd write it, a couple of people would read it, and it would disappear.
What connects your thinking in The Tipping Point and Blink?
Both books are an appreciation of the mystery of the world. I object to descriptions of change and people's thinking that are too cut and dried, too linear and logical. Some people think everything can be accounted for and neatly filed away. I find the world kind of messy and mysterious, and that's what's great about it.
"We rely on snap decisions far more than we appreciate, and we suffer under the delusion that most of our important decisions are made in a very rational, deliberate way, but that's just not true."