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)
This book was very in insightful, on understanding how people think and how you can train yourself, but it was also completely boring, the was stories were long winded and repetitive, I found myself just looking for him to get straight to the point, eventually he did, but it was an struggle to pay attention.. But overall I still like this book but he needs to summarize it better.....
A masterful account of what cognitive psychology teaches us about judgement and decision-making. Very illuminating for anyone in business, economics, public policy....and indeed for anyone interested in how human beings think. Very well read too.
Enlightening... The book is strong from cover to cover. it is very insightful. I walked away with a better understanding of decision theory and the human mind.
The narrator is so slow and monotone it's difficult to get through this book. I had to keep stopping and starting. The topics are a little drawn out as well.
However the content is very good and really insightful on how people think. Good book to get you thinking about how others are taking in what you are saying.
Maybe I am missing it, but this book is long winded about simple averages. It goes on to give many incomplete examples about bias all the while ignoring its own bias. I stopped about chapter 19. I listened at 1.5x and it was killing me with examples that are incomplete. I felt like there was a lot not being talked about . Maybe it is further in the book, but I could not finnish the book. I agree with other reviewers, the is a bad book for listening too and no pdf included.
I wanted to like this so much, but alas, the going is slow and repetitive. Too much narrative interspersed with the experiment accounts. The same points could be conveyed much less monotonously
The information in the studies about fast decisions and slow decisions system one and system 2 was interesting. However, the way in which it was presented both the writing and the reading of it was extremely annoying. The writing seemed a little bit self absorbed. And self-congratulatory. The reading was the most annoying part of the bookof all. I will never ever buy another book read by Patrick Egan.
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