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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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    G. W. 11-23-11
    G. W. 11-23-11
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    "Very interesting!"

    This book had an incredible amount of interesting material! There are so many interesting ways our minds are tricked by ourselves and the influences on us!

    The only downside was it started to feel kind of repetitive because there is a lot of discussion of studies done. There really isn't much progression to the "story" of this work -- at least coming from the perspective of someone fascinated by brain development but nowhere near working in that field of study. I had to take a break from it and listen to something a little more... gripping.

    I still highly recommend it for someone who is interested in this topic and the related books Daniel Kahneman is said to have influenced.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 12-21-11
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "thinking : intuitive and deliberate"

    how to you win the nobel prize in economics ?
    you'd think that it would help to be an economist
    not so if you're as wise and smart as dan kahneman

    can you deflate a theory that has been around for 2 centuries ?
    if you do, you might expect some push back and a few enemies
    dan kahneman is more than up to the task in his great book

    the text is often dense and didactic and academic
    it's built to survive the scrutiny of his enemies
    he wants to tell you the truth more than make you laugh

    people are relentlessly complex,feeble and paradoxical
    dan kahneman's life taught him this at an early age
    he then applied that wisdom to experimental psychology

    all the jargon and descriptions of experiments can be a bit much
    cognitive / thoughtful VS. intuitive / perceptive
    remembering self VS. experiencing self
    slow / effortful VS. fast / automatic
    type 2 thinking VS. type 1 thinking
    what you don't know VS. what you can see
    cognitive strain VS. cognitive ease

    lately m. gladwell et. al. have ripped off kahneman's ideas
    my bet is that this doesn't bother him too much
    he's more focused on the truth and what makes him happy

    it takes some type 2 thinking to get through this book
    the strain however is more that worth it
    the text will likely be the foundation of our policies and lives

    G.B. Shaw "... if you are going to tell people the truth - you
    better make them laugh - otherwise they will kill you ..."

    Keats Concept of Negative Capability "... man is capable of
    being in uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts without any
    irritable reaching after facts and reason ..."





    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 10-14-13
    Tim United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2011

    I don't write book reports.

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    "Jot Down Notes"

    "Thinking, Fast and Slow" is not a good book for audio just because the print version would be easier to follow. There are too many references and examples in the pdf to follow and after a while, you get lost in Professor Kahneman's lecture. There is no way to jot down notes and reference back of what you listened to.

    Imagine taking a math class, but instead of visualizing the problem and working it out on paper, the math equations is spoken to you and there is no way to solve the problem with a pencil and paper. You can't go back and use an eraser to correct your mistakes.

    Thinking, Fast and Slow is a hard concept for audio. I would have fail the midterm from what I've just listened to. Stick with the print version on this one. Even the ebook would be hard to follow because Daniel Kahneman has so many concepts in his book that you should take notes or else you are just napping in his class.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Omar 06-24-13
    Omar 06-24-13 Member Since 2015

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

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    "THE best judgment and behavioral psychology book."

    I have read/listened to a handful of books about judgment, decision-making, behavioral economics, and cognitive psychology. Now I have found "The Source"

    Daniel Kahneman practically invented those areas of research and after getting a Nobel prize for doing so, he finally decided to write for the ordinary person in a very understandable and enjoyable manner.

    Satisfaction guaranteed :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A tour de force"
    Would you listen to Thinking, Fast and Slow again? Why?

    Yes. there was just so many things packed into this book. I actually bought the print copy so I could ake notes in the margin. I will listen to it again to squeeze out even more jewels.


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

    You must listen to the book and then refer to the diagrams. It takes relection.


    Any additional comments?

    Clearly one of the top non-fiction works of the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 02-22-12
    Lynn 02-22-12
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    "Opens the Reader's Mind to How the Brain Works"

    Posted as one of the best books of 2011, Thinking Fast and Slow explores the working of the mind on two levels; System 1 – fast and intuitive and System 2 deliberate. Along the way, Daniel Kahneman summarizes and explains the literature related on thought and decision making. He certainly covers a lot of material. Insights jump out on page. I particularly found sections on human judgment, anchoring, and the relationship between emotion and evaluation of risk very interesting and helpful. His explanations for intuitive behavior and regression to the mean are exceptional. That said, the novice to this literature will not get lost for Kahneman carries the reader along almost effortlessly. There is much for the reader to learn here. The narration of Patrick Egan is excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 05-16-13
    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 05-16-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Short on interest - long on verbage"

    The actually interesting part of this book is buried in tons of statistical information - most of which has nothing to do with thought processing. In the 24 + hours of listening, I appreciated about 3 hours of content - only finishing the book because of the excellent narration! Patrick Egan is an amazing narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    careful shopper 02-26-13
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    "An Interesting book to listen to"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

    A good reader but you will get more benefit from this book if you open the pdf file (that is in your audio library under this book title) so you can have access to pictures, graphes and other written info that is referred to in the audio. A pretty good audio book overall.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a well presented non-fiction audio. The pdf file makes it better than the actual book.


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    DS 01-21-13
    DS 01-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "PROBABILITY VS POSSIBILITY"

    This is a great book for anyone interested in the difference between intuition and logical thinking and why few people find it easy to make the distinction in their own thinking processes.

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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2015

    Letting the rest of the world go by

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    "Good writer, good story teller."

    He's so very often quoted in other books I've been reading, it was great finally hearing his story and theories in his own words.

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