Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A Community of Outliers [Introduction]
Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
The opening chapter of Outliers is "interesting and revealing," one of our participants noted.
Malcolm Gladwell opens his book with a narrative about this small town Roseto, Pennsylvania, where residents seemed to have an unusual predisposition for good health. During the 1950s, hardly anyone under age sixty-five had heart disease in Roseto, even though heart attacks “were an epidemic in the United States” and “the leading cause of death in men under the age of sixty-five.”
According to Gladwell, the citizens of Roseto had “created a powerful, protective social structure capable of insulating them from the pressures of the modern world. The Rosetans were healthy because of where they were from, because of the world they had created for themselves in their tiny little town in the hills.”
What did you find most notable or fascinating about the Rosetans, and why?
Or, what insight did you gain about the role of community in the development of outliers?