I was excited when this book first came out and bought the hard cover. Read it, and felt blah. Kahneman had been cited in so many other works, surely this book would be fantastic. It wasn't but I wanted to give it a second chance so I got the audio book as well.
But the book could have been much, much shorter to start with, and secondly, statements such as "you must accept this" are disturbing, even if his overall points are mostly valid.
The point to that second complaint is that he paints with a broad brush and that he seems to fall into a kind of confirmation bias despite his own life's research, and the context of this book. I don't think I can be fair in a short review so I'll just leave it as a cautionary note that "experts" are to be watched with a wary eye, and Kahneman is no different.
Daniel Kahneman has a long and distinguished career in research. This book is largely based on his own work. I found it an excellent and comprehensive review of a great deal of human behavior. I appreciated his recognition of his own faults and foibles. There seems to be a recurring theme which specifically attacks the roots of a lot of modern economics, which can be called homo economicus. And, I would abusing his work if I were to claim that humans are not capable of being rational. We just have to recognize that we are not some unitary mind with consistent beliefs. Throughout the book he describes and expands on the ideas of System 1 (fast, automatic) , and System 2 (slow, deliberate.) He also speaks to our intellectual laziness. Statistics form an ongoing and important sub plot within the work. I had some recent experience where his discussion on sample sizes was highly relevant. So glad I picked up this book. I do highly recommend.
Everything in this book seems obvious - but not until it was layed out in front of me in a careful analysis. This is a must read.
Should be required reading for everybody. Totally reshaped how I think about thinking. Text version is probably a little easier to follow, and I wish that I had it for reference.
helpful useful verifiable. Before I completed the book, I found several cases and principles I was able to use myself and provide to my clients. In my experience, this is extremely unique. Thank you again Daniel for your persistence and your clarity of thought.
The material is interesting and well presented, but frequently too abstract when you have to compensate for frequent minor distractions. The digital ebook or paper book version of this is probably a better way to experience this.
I have read four or five books lately all dealing with how human beings make decisions. Blink, evolutionary behavior , Effects of scarcity, etc. This book collects and frames all the others into a comprehensive thesis.