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)
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.
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Cover to cover
I don't think you should. I is full of incredible ideas that take time to get digested
This is an intriguing book on human decision making. I recommend it as a read rather than a listen. It was a difficult listen because there are many examples that require careful comparisons between items that are close in meaning. For me, rewinding was often needed to ensure I understood the concept being explained through the example. The narrator was ok, but neither great nor poor.
Usually when you read a book you have a very good Idea how good or bad it is after the first hour or 50 pages you read...
And by that measure this book is great!
But this book just keep getting better and better as you progress... And thank G-d, Prof. Daniel Kahneman wrote a long book!
Yes. Very interesting and informative. Gathers a lot of research and presents it in a logical format.
Discussions of systems one and two.
No. Very long book that takes a bit of time to assimilate.
Worth a listen
Jack of all trades, but expert at none. Newest and lates adventure is learning to fly and rebuilding my business.
Ok, I think this is really interesting stuff, but I have huge trouble listening to a book with lists or tables in them. Im not sure how the data was displayed in the book, but the way it was read was really hard to follow at times. The performance was fine, but it was just really hard to visualize some of the info.
I recommend against the audio version. The book is great. But the narrator is grating on the nerves. I couldn't even listen to it.
Daniel Kahneman's work is truly provocative and thoughtful. And this book makes his work exceptionally accessible.
Even though I read a lot of business-related books (and even wrote one), I don't often enjoy them as much as I did this one.
While the reading is quite good, as business books go, I did wish for a little more modulation and enthusiasm in the reader's voice. Good, not awesome. Since the content is so good, it wasn't an issue at all. I'm just a fan of improving the quality and interest of the reading in these sorts of books.
This is an academic book. As such it is not a light reading or listening that you can do while doing something else. It requires a lot of effort just to understand what Kahnemann has to say. Besides, the book often refers to figures that are only available graphically and thus cannot be listened to. So while you listen to this book driving, please be careful that most of your brain processes will be used in trying to understand the book so the driving could be impaired.
Nonetheless, this is an important book that deals with how people arrive at their decisions in such a way that confounds typical economic, rational thinking. No wonder Kahnemann works opens up a whole new field of academic study.
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