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.
©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Random House Audio
“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)
The subject line really says it all. It's not a book I would recommend for everyone---it does become a little academic and dense at times in it's presentation---but I think I found myself talking about this book to others more than any other book I've read the last few years. It was VERY thought-provoking and really had me reflecting on it's content as I walked around and dealt with the rest of my life. I know I'm going to carry many key ideas away from it and into the future.
Honestly, while I respect and enjoy Malcolm Gladwell and those types of books, THIS is the book that I've been looking for!
Silly question, really. If you prefer reading, read. If you prefer listening, listen. The book itself is unquestionably unmissable.
Not sure - I've read a lot of books on neuroscience and cognitive psychology...such as The Language Instinct, the Happiness Advantage, Predictably Irrational, The Invisible Gorilla etc. This book is definitely in a class of its own. Much more comprehensive. I love that this wonderful man waited to gain a lifetime of knowledge before coming out with his magnum opus.
Can't speculate on this. The best I can say is that the reading did not detract from the book.
While there is good information, I found I lost focus a number of times. The book wasn't as engaging as some others I've listened to from this genre.
Love audible and podcasts ...doublespeed.
No. I listend at 2x on my iPod; 4x speed probably would suit me best. Honestly, what do they tell the narrators before they begin? We can handle a faster reading pace. And those that can't, can slow it down to 1/2 pace on their iPods.
there are many interesting studies.
The narrator could read faster.
I read previous reviews that noted the difficulty of getting through this material in an audio book. But it is much worse than that.
I encountered passages that were impossible to parse, that led me to wonder if the narrator was correctly reading the text. So I went to the book store to compare. I found instances in which the narrator not only misread the text, but read the opposite of what was in the text.
This is unacceptable, especially in a scientific text.
I have put up with mispronounced words and awkwardly paced information in the past. But to change what the author wrote, so that it no longer makes sense, should be corrected. If you are interested in this material, do NOT buy this audio version.
In business, people do not consider well enough the heuristics and biases that affect decision making. Whether it's picking stocks or making business decisions, controlling for these cognitive variables when comparing choices can really give you an edge. Kahneman makes his academic work accessible to the average reader, bringing it to life with anecdotes from his own life and research. One of the better books I have read on cognitive psychology for the layman, and I've read a few.
As a business person, I particularly enjoyed the tips and practices suggested for recognizing and controlling for heuristics and biases. The author applies them both to general real world contexts and to business situations in particular.
It is very interesting. The idea that rational thought is the lazy hero of the story helps explain a lot.
There are really no characters on this audiobook.
I liked that I can set the speed to three-times normal and still understand him clearly.
Just made me smile a number of times.
The way it was read and presented.
Understanding the impact on economics and how it relates to so much of how management and business operates.
Great job in reading it like it was written.
At the point of realization of the real impact of what was being presentation.
Great book with great implications of how we think and how it can be used to influence economics as well as behavior.
This is a good listen. Sometimes more technical books are hard to listen to and follow in audio format. This, I found, was easy to follow and packed full of good, useful information
It has challenged the way I make decisions and think about my thinking process. This definitly has given me insight into the executive mindset. I have had to pitch ideas and budgets many-a-time. Knowing the impact of
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