Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
There are certain knowns that are known and certain knowns that are unknown. Well, I know something that I know nothing and Daniel Kahneman seems to prove it. Every chapter of Kahneman’s book suggests something one finds hard to believe is true.
Daniel Kahneman is a renowned psychologist and Nobel laureate. He is an American citizen that served in the Israeli military and used his education, research, and experience to write “Thinking Fast and Slow”. His observations explore many aspects of human decision making.
How one runs their business or lives their life is framed by how they think. Kahneman explores two fundamental ways of thinking that reveal human strengths and weaknesses. “Thinking Fast…” is intuitive and easy. It is prejudiced by personal life experience and education. It is activated through an evolved instinct that forms the basis for snap decisions. In contrast, “…Thinking Slow” is a snail speed, deliberative, calculating, and workaholic decision making process. Kahneman calls these mental functions System 1 and System 2 respectively.
“…Thinking Slow” is undoubtedly prejudiced by Kahneman’s scientific interpretation of human thought and action but judgment of his observations is up to the reader or listener; so, caveat emptor.
I don't know that I would listen again. I think the material lends best to reading, with some frequent jumps back to earlier chapters.
If the narrator doesn't bother you, the information is worthwhile.
The narrator sounded like a cranky substitute teacher uncomfortable with the content.
No. Really tough listen... Lots of references to figures and numbers, that are difficult to visualize when you are on the subway or walking your dog - which is where I listen most to Audible.
The questions that guided the author are very interesting. Also, I thought the refutation of common misconceptions about intuition was refreshing.
This is my first.
Anyone else. It was painfully monotonous (sorry, Pat).
I think the book could have been more concise and feel that an abridged version should be available. 40 plus hours almost felt like I was listening to paper in a peer reviewed journal and not a book meant for the general reader.
I listen to audio books when I drive. He frequently states "Refer to the PDF download and look at the picture".
This book basically summarized what has been going on in the field of behavioral economics for the last 50 years. If you have read other pop-econ books, much of this will be familiar to you.
The vocal performance is what is worst about this, the narrator is slow and monotone, and his inflection and pace shows he understands little of what is being read. I will never listen to another audio book by this narrator.
I refer to this book often to understand my own reactions to everyday challenges. Professor Kahneman's theories, when properly applied, can help us influence our choices positively. In addition to the audible, I purchase the hardcover version so I can refer to it as often as I need to.
It is a book that can change the course of your life.
Dawkins: Selfish Gene
Cover to cover
I don't think you should. I is full of incredible ideas that take time to get digested