The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking.
Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.
Kahneman's singularly influential work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives - and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.
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“A tour de force. . . Kahneman’s book is a must read for anyone interested in either human behavior or investing. He clearly shows that while we like to think of ourselves as rational in our decision making, the truth is we are subject to many biases. At least being aware of them will give you a better chance of avoiding them, or at least making fewer of them.” (Larry Swedroe, CBS News)
“A major intellectual event . . . The work of Kahneman and Tversky was a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves.” (David Brooks, The New York Times)
“[Thinking, Fast and Slow] is wonderful, of course. To anyone with the slightest interest in the workings of his own mind, it is so rich and fascinating that any summary would seem absurd.” (Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair)
It walked you through the logic of the mind in a down to earth fashion. Makes you think at many a level..each level was exciting.
Yes. Loved the content. The most informative book on behavioral economics that I have read.
Pacing of the narrator was too slow.
This is among the very best books I've listened to or read. It is densly packed with valuable insight and analysis from cover to cover. Kahneman is a very disiplined thinker.
An understanding of the material is evident in the choice of the autorative voice of the reader.
There is too much information to process in one day. Two to five weeks is a reasonable amount of time to take with this book.
I would need to get past first chapter to answer
No. Cannot get past first chapter due to terrible reading.
Makes psychologists appreciate statistics, and statisticians appreciate psychology. Unlike novels you don't have to read every word for word. Audiobook seems like a lecture or a real expert explaining the book. The book does have diagrams, but the author has written it so well that you can make a mental copy of the diagram if you think about it enough. Statistics and psychology go hand in hand. Statistics shows who makes certain decisions and psychology explains why. Great book if you're interested in the psychological aspect of it. Lots of experiments that anyone can try in real life.
Author has won a noble prize and this book was featured on the Colbert Report
One of my favorite books of all time! His use of examples to explain rather complicated concepts is superb! A wonderful glimpse into how our minds work.
No, I think the book has too many references to printed tables and exercises which makes it hard for an audio book.
Yes, but not in Audio format
Researcher/oral historian and fitness enthusiast from Austin, TX, currently residing in San Diego. I love to read, but traditional books require a person to be sedentary while reading. Audio books make it possible for me to increase both my physical activity and reading quantity.
This book is not cut out for audio format. Unless you have a visual impairment or a cognitive condition that makes reading print editions difficult, do yourself a favor and buy this book in print. However, if you have a condition that makes reading print difficult, then you will gain great insight and get some very useful information from this audio book. Even though I've already listened to it twice and referred to the print PDF files that accompany the audio file, I am still going to purchase a print copy to keep as a general math/statistics and decision making reference guide. Kahneman's book is extremely useful for this purpose.
No, I cannot take another minute listening to the reader.
I feel like I understand myself and others better. I learned that life is more random than I thought so I'm going to relax, be observant of patterns, give more thought to my more important decisions and make data more important in the decision.
Anyone but Patrick Eagan. His reading had a rough and sarcastic tint which is totally opposite of Daniel Kahneman.
The more people who read Daniel Kahneman's book the better off we will be as a society. Understanding ourselves and others will help us improve the discourse of the average man which in turn should improve the discourse of our leaders and we can move the human race ahead.
For a research driven book this one is up there on my list. The main concepts of system 1 and system 2 are interesting and the implications are important to anyone's life. That being said, it can be dry at times. The audio version references a pdf with graphs and charts frequent enough that its annoying not having these.
It's a bit long at 20hours. The information is great and can be life changing (or at least make you look at things a bit differently) but the presentation and length detract from the message.
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