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Malcolm Gladwell's Outlier

I've never read any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, nor have I ever heard what his previous works (The Tipping Point and Blink) were about until now, but his newest book, Outlier, has my interest. It purports a point near and dear to my heart; that outliers, those who find extraordinary success in a particular field, are not simply built better than others, but are specific combinations of environmental factors which lead to quality-of-practice improvements. Of course, this is simply the age-old question of Nature vs. Nurture framed in specific examples from our increased access to raw data.

New York Magazine has done a peice on the book, and Gladwell himself, before it's scheduled to hit stores next week. Check it out, and then buy the book from Amazon.