Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Book - 2012
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Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgement and decision-making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine and politics - but until now he has not brought together his many years of research in one book.

In Thinking, Fast and Slow , Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities - and also the faults and biases - of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness - each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives - and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.

'There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow .' Financial Times

' Thinking, Fast and Slow is a masterpiece - a brilliant and engaging intellectual saga by one of the greatest psychologists and deepest thinkers of our time. Kahneman should be parking a Pulitzer next to his Nobel Prize.' Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

'Daniel Kahneman is one of the most original and interesting thinkers of our time. There may be no other person on the planet who better understands how and why we make the choices we make. In this absolutely amazing book, he shares a lifetime's worth of wisdom presented in a manner that is simple and engaging, but nonetheless stunningly profound. This book is a must read for anyone with a curious mind.' Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics

'Daniel Kahneman is among the most influential psychologists in history and certainly the most important psychologist alive today. He has a gift for uncovering remarkable features of the human mind, many of which have become textbook classics and part of the conventional wisdom. His work has reshaped social psychology, cognitive science, the study of reason and of happiness, and behavioral economics, a field that he and his collaborator Amos Tversky invented. The appearance of Thinking, Fast and Slow is a major event.' Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of our Nature

'This is a landmark book in social thought, in the same league as The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.' Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan

'This book is a tour de force by an intellectual giant; it is readable, wise, and deep. Buy it fast. Read it slowly and repeatedly. It will change the way you think, on the job, about the world, and in your own life.' Richard Thaler, co-author of

Publisher: London : 2012. Penguin Books,
ISBN: 9781846146060
9780141033570
Branch Call Number: ANF 153.42 KAHN
Characteristics: 499 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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mclarjh
Jun 20, 2018

Too long, and the explanations are laboured at times.

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imaryg
Mar 02, 2018

The audio book is a long slow grind, but, worth the effort. Interesting and with applicable personal insights. Kahneman is an interesting author with an unmatchable pedigree. However, a lot of what he proposes is really just common sense. I finished a course in Behavioural Economics recently and he is the father of this subject.
What really threw me completely at the end of the course, was that Kahenman admits, that after everything, our biases are so deeply ingrained and unconscious and we can never really overcome them.

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AaronAardvark1940
Feb 16, 2018

A well-written book, full of practical examples of the author's theory. Two weeks was not enough time to absorb everything, and there are several sections of the book I'd like to read again. I definitely need to learn more about Bayesian analysis.

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WilReich
Nov 19, 2017

While I highly recommend this book, I highly recommend you DON'T GET THE AUDIOBOOK — While the material is digestible and accessible, I think it needs slower reading and frequent pauses and re-reading of sentences to stay on track. I'd have been in big trouble if I'd tried to get through it on audio.

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writermala
Oct 27, 2017

The title and description of this book intrigued me. However, I was a little concerned that a Psychologist of Kahneman's stature - Nobel Laureate - would perhaps talk down to me. I need not have worried. While it is obvious that Kahneman has a thorough knowledge of every aspect of this subject he explains everything in language that a layperson like me can understand. A lifetime's worth of research is contained in this book and we the reader's are the beneficiaries. Some of his comments like "Whenever we can replace human judgment by a formula, we should at least consider it," are priceless. His examples to explain a context go a long way in helping us understand the tough topics.

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GrandpaBig
Jul 12, 2017

Have not finished this one yet, but already quite impressed....

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zenmark29
May 16, 2017

This book is a "red pill". It can awaken one to the fact that the mind can function in an automatic and unaware fashion that creates a feeling of high confidence in a judgement that is, in fact, a complete error. It is a good companion to "Being Wrong".
Read it, if you dare.

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1aa
May 09, 2017

The book was excellently narrated, with a consistent and deep voice, and with minor emphases where needed.
The work itself is so edifying and useful it should make to one's reread once a year list. The end of chapter aphorisms are funny and apt. One practically needs a notebook by one's side to make notes in order to make use of what one learns.

ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 26, 2017

Dr. Kahneman is a Professor of Psychology at Princeton University and won the Nobel Prize in economic sciences in 2002. Humans have two different ways of thinking; and the biases of system 1 (intuitive) can lead system 2 (rational) astray.

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vyhoffman
Feb 26, 2017

However good or bad the book is, I can't say, because the epub would not for anything open on my Nook.

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Nov 21, 2017

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