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  • It is as counterintuitive as the world being round.
  • I squat beside the truck’s fuel tank and grab hold of the metal cap, praying one of those counterintuitive prayers that this bad boy is topped off—or better, half-full, since fumes will give us the biggest bang for the buck.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Gifts that would turn their bodies into finely tuned weapons, for the designers of the invasion had understood a simple, though counterintuitive, truth: Where the body went, the mind followed.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • It seems counterintuitive but we do things at a slower pace and as a result we get through a lot more.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • Cathedral terminology was like stage directions-totally counterintuitive.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Moreover, as the ground thawed, his route turned into a gauntlet of boggy muskeg and impenetrable alder, and McCandless belatedly came to appreciate one of the fundamental (if counterintuitive) axioms of the North: winter, not summer, is the preferred season for traveling overland through the bush.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • This new technology—known as Total Liquid Ventilation (TLV)—was so counterintuitive that few believed it existed.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But a small change is often all that it takes, There is something profoundly counterintuitive in the definition of stickiness that emerges from all these examples.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • This may seem counterintuitive.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Yeah, it’s counterintuitive.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian

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  • His advice was sometimes counterintuitive: "When you are driving, you look to see where you are going, but when you are making an incision, you look to see where you have been."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Fleeing through the main entrance was a brilliantly counterintuitive move, I thought.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • This, I realize, seems wildly counterintuitive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In chapter 2, when I was discussing what made someone like Mark Alpert so important in word-of-mouth epidemics, I talked about two seemingly counterintuitive aspects of persuasion.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • To make sense of social epidemics, we must first understand that human communication has its own set of very unusual and counterintuitive rules.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
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