The Trouble with Geniuses and Outliers

For my response to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” chapters three and four, I will focus on the content of these and the messages that lie behind it. Mr. Gladwell wrote these pieces to show students the importance of one’s opportunities when it comes to the ability to achieve success. He does this by addressing the readers and fully explaining his opinions through an example of a Mr. Christopher Langan. His example in my opinion is not quite an analogy but rather a personal anecdote from Mr. Langan. Gladwell is trying to reach those who believe only hard work and determination are the keys to being a “success”. I will show in this response why I do agree with Mr. Gladwell and illustrate examples that will help support his argument based on his literature.

Mr. Gladwell starts chapter 3 of “Outliers” by introducing his candidate who supports his argument. Mr. Christopher Langan is described to be a male in his 50’s who has an IQ around 195. Our textbook explains this importance to us by stating that the average person has an IQ of 100. Gladwell even goes on to tell us that Albert Einstein had an IQ of 150. (Gladwell, M. “The Trouble with Genisues”. Outliers. .(2008). Mr. Gladwell explains this to us to build the character that he is going to be examining. He is trying to build credibility that Chris Langan is an extremely gifted individual. His examples of Chris’s gifts are found in chapter 4 on page 92 of “Outliers”: “I don’t think the school ever understood just how gifted Christopher was.” This is a statement that was said by Christopher’s brother Jeff. He is showing taking family member and building credibility for Christopher. Chris was a brilliant child who never truly received the attention that he needed in school. The concepts were too basic and went unrecognized by his teachers.This led to a painful path for him, which in turn took away his ability to be “successful”. Next we will look ho…