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Thinking, Fast and Slow | [Daniel Kahneman]

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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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©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 11-07-12
    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "must-read for anyone interested in cognition"

    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.

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    Justin United States 11-07-12
    Justin United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Thinking, Fast and Slow in three words, what would they be?

    EvocativeScientificPervasive


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    The concepts were easy to follow. They were just technical enough that they didn't feel completely for the layman.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Egan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Håkon Stord, Norway 11-05-12
    Håkon Stord, Norway 11-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Made a bright light on many everyday things."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

    Yes this was vary good for audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Headlines in media


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Communication between the co writer that was not there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Alex Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 11-04-12
    Alex Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 11-04-12
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    "Bouncing Between Fast and Slow"
    If you could sum up Thinking, Fast and Slow in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    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.


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    Clear


    Any additional comments?

    It makes the case for the semi rational man

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    Amazon Customer 10-21-12
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    "Fanstastic book"
    What made the experience of listening to Thinking, Fast and Slow the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Stephen 10-17-12
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    "This is a really good read!"

    If you are not already familiar with this research, I think you will be blown away. It just makes so much sense. We are naturally so vulnerable to manipulation by people with real mastery of these principles. If you want to keep more of your money in your own pocket, if you want a huge advantage in the workplace, you owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in this book. Read it more than once, and slowly...

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    Susan WEST ROXBURY, MA, United States 10-11-12
    Susan WEST ROXBURY, MA, United States 10-11-12

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    "The reader does no justice"
    What disappointed you about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    It's hard for me to comment on the book itself as I found the audio version so poorly read. The emotionless, stiff, staccato, oddly-paused narration made it difficult to like this book. I never finished.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Lots of choices. I usually LOVE audio books; This one is just a real dud.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Egan’s performance?

    Emotionless, stiff, staccato, oddly-paused. Terrible!


    What character would you cut from Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    Patrick Egan!


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    Jane 10-08-12
    Jane 10-08-12
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    "So You Think You're Smart"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

    Enlightening as to the way I think and make decisions, but listening was a bit difficult as the book refers to graphics and discusses them that I couldn't see. The print version may be better for that reason, but I listen as I drive; so I don't have the option.


    Any additional comments?

    The book gives one a different perspective about historical events and decisions by everyone both powerful and common. We are lazy when it comes to thinking!

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    trabian 10-06-12
    trabian 10-06-12

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    "Now I Understand!"
    Where does Thinking, Fast and Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is The Best audiobook I've read strictly because it has had the most impact on my life. I understand things about human perception, decision-making and memory that I never would have before.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for anyone doing social change or leadership work. Its densely populated with information and worth reading several times to truly hear the nuances.

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    Rachel United States 09-29-12
    Rachel United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't like this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was not happy with the the first few chapters and I really couldnt stand the narrator's voice and the way he read.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Kahneman again?

    Maybe


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Egan’s performances?

    absolutely not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    none

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