Talking to Strangers
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    1. There are many stories in the book. Which one impacted you the most?
    2. The book is based on the ‘default to truth’ theory. Do you agree with it? Can you think of examples of when you ‘default to untruth’?
    3. Gladwell wrote, "We fall out of truth-default mode only when the case against our initial assumption becomes definitive." Do you have good examples from your life when the truth-default scales tipped over for you?
    4. The bail judgment AI system has been shown to perform 25% better than human judges. Do you think we should reduce human judgment and increase the AI system’s role in our judicial system?
    5. The "Holy Fool" is a truth-teller because he is an outcast & blurts out inconvenient truths or questions things the rest of us take for granted. Have you encountered a "Holy Fool"? What inconvenient truths did they blurt out?
    6. After you read this book, what would you do differently when talking to the next stranger?
    7. Has the book changed the way you see yourself?
    8. The author wrote, "alcohol’s principal effect is to narrow our emotional and mental fields of vision. It makes the immediate aspects of the experience have a disproportionate influence on behavior and emotion." Has this book changed your views about alcohol and its place in our culture? What do you think should be done to minimize the damage that alcohol will cause in the future?
    9. How do you make sense of the statistic that 77 out of 114 soldiers falsely identified their interrogators in a photo lineup? If torture changes the mind so much, how can we reliably get critical information from the captured enemies?
    10. 515 people who tried to jump from the SF Golden Gate bridge had been unexpectedly restrained. Just 25 of them persisted in killing themselves some other way. Do you agree that suicide is coupled? Why is it tough for us to accept the idea that a behavior can be so tightly coupled to a place?
    11. Firearm suicides make two-thirds of all gun deaths and half of the suicides in the US. The US firearm suicide rate is 10 times that of other high-income countries. Do you think that US suicide is coupled to the firearm, or is it the other way around, that firearm suicide is coupled to the USA? What can we do about this?
    12. How has reading the book affected your views on the victimization of unarmed black people (Sandra Bland & Ferguson) to women & children being sexually assaulted at colleges (Brock Turner & Sandusky)? Do you agree with Gladwell that these are mere "communication" issues between strangers?
    13. Gladwell is saying that the riots in Ferguson, Mo., are not about race, but about "a particular style of policing that had been practiced in the city for years." Police officers approach civilians on the flimsiest of pretexts, looking for a needle in a haystack, resulting in obliteration of trust between police and community. What’s your take on this issue?
    14. What problems does the author identify in our society that hasn’t been discussed?

             * Some questions from Augusteo.

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