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Malcolm Gladwell is a popular current author who recently wrote a book called Outliers. In his book, he claims that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that before someone becomes an expert at something, they must put in 10,000 hours of practice. Gladwell bases this claim primarily on the work of the psychologist Anders Ericsson.

Write one explanation supporting Malcolm's 10,000 hour rule, and one that critically argues against Malcolm's 10,000 hour rule.

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In support of Malcolm's 10,000 hour rule, I would have to state that an analysis of psychologist Anders Eriksson's work, which Gladwell's work is based upon, would demonstrate that a statistical analysis of high-performing individuals in many different areas indicates that those individuals that have achieved the highest level of expertise and achievement as musicians, have practice for an average of approximately 10,000 hours by age 20. This provides some substantiation for Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule, due to the fact that Eriksson and other ...

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Experiment and expertise for Gladwell bases are determined. An explanation for supporting Malcolm's 10,000 hour rule is provided.

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