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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

out.li.er
1. something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body.
2. a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others in he sample.

This book is fascinating. Why hockey players are better in Canada, why Asians are better at math, sort of a new idea (and I'm all about a new vantage point) of how we view human potential.

One of the stories I find most fascinating and intriguing is about a group of Italians from one village (Roseto) who in 1882 began emigrating to Pennsylvania. By the early 1900's several hundred had built a village, also named Roseto. A few decades later doctors discovered that this folks died of old age even though 41% of their diet was fat, they got no more excercise than the average American, etc. No suicide, no alcoholism.

The physicians learned after many studies, that the reason the Rosetoans lived longer was because of they way they had set up their COMMUNITY! Because "of the world they had created for themselves". Three generations lived together, they all knew each other, visited, and supported each other. The town was one big extended family.

We live longer when we build family and community. What a concept.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3228917.Outliers

Comments

JMKELLAM's picture

I love it

I love books with stories like that. Have you read Freakonomics? It is sounds different but has the same sort of interesting data.

I am currently at the airport flying back to Portland (my adopted home) from Baltimore (my...well, home) and I am so sad to leave so many I love but so happy to return to the family that I have created in Portland. Family/friends/community will always be my motivation to do anything in life and will also be the reason I am happy and healthy!

Lovely, I'm so happy to meet you in our PulseWire community.

In lue of this story about the power of community. I would like to share that I am a Portland transplant from Chicago, and although I love home I have found Portland such a welcoming and community-based community. I hope it is treating you well!!!

anna lag

Lovely's picture

Helloooo

I have read Freakonomics...and I very much enjoyed that one...this is similar, but I'm in the early part of the book...I'll let you know.

Hope your welcome in Portland is warm.

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