Friday, January 16, 2009

Plane Crash survivor reading Gladwell's Outliers

On CNN this morning, one of the US Airways plane crash survivors mentioned that he was reading Malcolm Gladwell’s new book Outliers and had just finished the portion of the book discussing airline crashes.

Here’s an excerpt from an online interview with Malcolm Gladwell:

Question: What's the most surprising pattern you uncovered in the book?

Gladwell: It's probably the chapter nearly the end of Outliers where I talk about plane crashes. How good a pilot is, it turns out, has a lot to do with where that pilot is from—that is, the culture he or she was raised in. I was actually stunned by how strong the connection is between culture and crashes, and it's something that I would never have dreamed was true, in a million years.


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