I love books about cognitive science and Kahneman and Tversky are giants in the field. They used thought experiments (followed up by actual experiments) to show how little insight we all have into our decision making processes -- how often we fall back on mental short cuts that give us incorrect answers, and how shockingly unaware we are of the problem. After hearing so many other authors reference their work, I thought it would be great to hear it described first hand, and it was, for the first half of the book, but Kahneman just tried to pack too much stuff in. And each chapter started with examples of how to use their new insights in business situations -- which seemed interesting at first, but got pretty annoying.
I read another review that said "probably good in text, not great as audio." - which sums it up for me. This audiobook is twenty hours long and it's a tedious twenty hours. If you're curious about the content in this book, you would likely be better off finding other books which are derived from the content in this one.
Dual process theory is interesting stuff; but more discussion of System 2 earlier on in the book would make things more interesting to listen to - I felt as if the attributes of System 1 were drilled repeatedly into my head and I was left craving more information about System 2.
Honest, Diligent and Clear.
Book contents provides a great insight on widespread cognitive biases of humans. It provides helpful models and explanations for non-rational behaviors. It scientific foundations are very solid, yet well vulgarized. Having previously read "The Happiness Hypothesis", "Switch" and "Blink" I consider this book as the most advanced one on the matter. I would not recommend it as an -entry- read, but a it's a must to someone who wants to dig deeper.
The narrator does an excellent job, considering that the book contents itself is very challenging to narrate. Is worded in a more scientific fashion: text is concise and every word matters. This means that you either need to be hyper-attentive, and/or frequently use the "rewind" button to get everything. ;-)
Also, obviously, the narrator cannot describe figures that are used in the book. That means that you must sometimes guess what the author talks about when referring to a figure.
Fascinating insight to daily thought, behavior, and decision making. I easily reference it once a month. After the intro and basic book summary the book is a little dry and clinical for the next couple of chapters. Push through and you will be rewarded with a book that you will think about and refer to for the rest of your life.
This is very difficult material, and the Author takes YOU right into the story. Standing around the water cooler chatting with friends. Dan takes his time teaching you words, ideas, and making it all flow in a wonderful way that will allow time to digest as you learn
Dan constantly draws you into the book with actual examples. You become a test subject, and you participate in the research. This is painful at times, many times you don't want it to be real. But you experience it.
This book calls into question just about everything you "know." My reaction was not extreme but the change from reading the book was.
There are many books in the brain science category now. This book, "brain rules", and "the brain that changes itself" are all 6 star books. This book is the most "difficult" and covers the most controversial topics. This book also comes with a PDF. That is mentioned about 20 times in the reading. I did not use the PDF, and the author goes over them verbally after each is mentioned. My brother used the PDF and found it very useful, but you can get by. Just wait and Dan will walk you through it.
i have much admiration for Kahneman & Tversky and i'm glad that Kahneman decided to publish a summary of their research. this is an excellent book, and a must-read for anyone interested in the science of the mind.
The concepts were easy to follow. They were just technical enough that they didn't feel completely for the layman.
I was a huge fan of this reader. I haven't listened to any of his previous work, but I would be more than happy to hear him read other books, he is better than most people who read in scientific fields.
I did want to listen to it all at once, but it's not a small book. I listened while I was driving mostly. But I enjoyed it so much that I bought the actual book for when I was not driving.
Amazing book. It was strange hearing from the man who's work is so quoted in other peoples work. But it was amazingly freeing. Just to demonstrate how pervasive his work really is: I have yet to listen to a book that deals with psychology of decisions/economics/general psychological motivations that have not quoted his work. He was also quoted in a book on Mathematics by Leonard Mlodinow and a book on Neurological Research by Michael Gazzaniga. And they aren't even dealing directly with Psychology or Economics.
Yes this was vary good for audio.
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This is written by a scientist so includes validations and tangents to make it an all encompassing presentation. The Slow Brain wonders frequently.Having said that this is one of those works that should be read by anyone concerned with the behaviour of others. The simplicity of the rational man is left in the dust with thoughtful and informative perspectives.Knowledge for everyone with real value.
Like humans it was complicated by tangents that validated positions taken in the presentation. I'd recommend reading it twice. The first time the titles, full introductory paragraphs, first and last sentance of each paragraph and conclusion, in each chapter.Then read all with a critical eye and the perspective of the overview.
It makes the case for the semi rational man
The topics were discussed fast and detailed enough to keep me interested, but not so detailed as to be dry. Actually, I'm ready my third listening of the book; I want to learn more about the topics.
Anyone in education should be listening (or reading) this book!
I've heard the author interview on Charlie Rose and Mr. Egan was definitely an improvement. He was easy to listen to . . . academic material can be made dry and boring by nothing more than the voice of the narrator, not Mr. Egan. He was lively enough to keep my attention.