Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Shalee lhaih 2013: Shiaghtin 53

As shoh y jerrey: mean trass hiaghtin yeih as daeed ny Shallee Lhaih. Shoh ny lhiah mee 'sy daa laa shoh chaie:

Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

Coontey anaasoil er sleih "ard-cheeayllagh" as y lheid, adsyn ta geddyn barriaght 'sy vagher keirdey oc, ny cosney aundyryn a.r.e. Ta coontaghyn as sheiltynyssyn feau aynjee. Ny yei shen, er lhiam dy vel trimmid neugherjoil eck, eddyr lioar y theay as lioar scoillaragh. T'ee loayrt er aaronsaghey agh cha nel ee cur imraaghyn erbee, ny cur coontey myn noadyr. Ny keayrtyn, chredjin oo dy vel Gladwell soilshaghey sheiltynys as prowalys, agh cha nel eh agh cur dhyt feanish elley. Myr sampleyr, t'eh loayrt er troyn cadjin leigheyderyn ennoil York Noa, as cur jerrey er y chooish lesh "prowal" colught elley as feddyn magh dy vel ny troyn cheddin ry-akin oc. Agh cha nee prowalys t'ayn; ta'n coontey screeuit rolaue, as mannagh row ny troyn shen oc, cha jinnagh eh er screeu y cabdil shen. Cha nel eh gra dy reih eh adsyn gyn thort ass keead colught ny red ennagh myr shen.

'Syn aght cheddin, by vie lhiam imraaghyn ny keayrtyn, as ny smoo fys er troyn elley ny er arganeyn elley. Bentyn rish abdil maddaghtoil ny Sheenee, t'eh gra dy row boddee ny h-Oarpey nyn daaue rish geurey as m.s., tra va boddee Sheenagh gobbraghey car y traa as kerraghey reddyn a.r.e. - nagh row boddee ny h-Oarpey jannoo y lheid? By vie lhiam imraa er shen, ghooinney. Ny yei shen, ta'n lioar shoh feeu er lhiam.

A final weekly post: the middle of week fifty-three of the Reading Project. Here's what I've read these last two days:

Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

An interesting pop-culture or pop-science discussion of where "exceptional" people come from: those who top leagues, ace quiz shows, dominate their field and sweep away competition. There were very interesting case studies and some theories well worth reading about. I did find though that it hits an awkward spot between pop and scholarly: it pulls in research findings without either citing them or providing detailed analysis, and on some occasions seems to be presenting things as hypothesis + evidence that really aren't. For example, he talks about common features for leading lawyers in New York, then pulls up a clinching example of a dominant firm whose partners all show those features - but this isn't a test of his theory at all, it's another example of people who fit that pattern which he already knew about when writing the book. In other places, I'd have really liked discussion of some additional factors or potential criticisms. A few statements really cried out for actual scholarly citation, like the assertion that European peasants slacked off most of the time while Chinese peasants slaved away in rice paddies 24/7. But on the whole an enjoyable read and fairly easy going.

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