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Thinking, Fast and Slow | [Daniel Kahneman]

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.
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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman's pioneering work that tackles questions of intuition and rationality. Read by the actor Patrick Egan.

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness-each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives-and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.

©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, distils a lifetime of research into an encyclopedic coverage of both the surprising miracles and the equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking. He achieves an even greater miracle by weaving his insights into an engaging narrative that is compulsively readable from beginning to end. My main problem in doing this review was preventing family members and friends from stealing my copy of the book to read it for themselves... this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read." (William Easterly, Financial Times)

"Absorbing, intriguing...By making us aware of our minds' tricks, Kahneman hopes to inspire individuals and organisations to identify strategies to outwit them" (Jenni Russell, Sunday Times)

"Profound ... As Copernicus removed the Earth from the centre of the universe and Darwin knocked humans off their biological perch, Mr. Kahneman has shown that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be." (The Economist)

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  • Suneil
    5/1/15
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    "Brilliant"

    The first audiobook that I have also purchased as a paper book as well. Something I will read again and again, dipping into to improve decision making and develop practice in my field of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Georgi Vladkov Petkov
    4/30/15
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    "This book must be studied at school."

    Groundbreaking ideas with vast implementation. You will regret it if you don't hear it or read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS Z M SUMMERS
    4/6/15
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    "Excellent book"

    Great book - be aware it is very long. You can get the gist in the first 3 hours.
    Systems 1 & 2 thinking is useful to understand in many walks of life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    4/2/15
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    "Perhaps The Most Important Book Of Your Life"

    If you want to understand yourself you need this book. It captures the power of thought so incredibly well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Middleton
    2/20/15
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    "Interesting insight into decision making"

    An interesting and thorough investigation into human judgement and decision making drawing on a wealth of research and a lifetime of dedication to the subject. Would definitely read again. 10/10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Fronczak
    Warsaw, Poland
    2/11/15
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    "Full of interesting facts and practical advice "

    Quite lengthy and sometimes academical and dry but worth reading. Enjoyed it very much. Eye-opening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Magliola
    1/29/15
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    "Excellent book, but not a great audiobook."

    The contents of this book are extremely good, but unfortunately it has too many figures, and too many thought experiments that involve juggling information for the audio format to be effective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S C Grant
    12/7/14
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    "Thought-provoking"
    If you could sum up Thinking, Fast and Slow in three words, what would they be?

    Rigorous,accessible and compelling


    What other book might you compare Thinking, Fast and Slow to, and why?

    Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational as it also focuses on research into how we think and behave.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When we think we're thinking, who's really in charge?


    Any additional comments?

    Full of fascinating insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    12/3/14
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    "Thinking is the name of the game"
    What did you like most about Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    This is one of the best books I have ever read, the thoughts and facts detailed in the book, ripple through work and social life. It explains a lot about yourself and others, but also has an impact on how we work. I work in Testing it has a big impact on how I will be testing going forward as I can take in other sources of information and streamline the testing.


    What other book might you compare Thinking, Fast and Slow to, and why?

    Any other software testing book, you get more out of this than most of the books I have read so far.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What you see is all there is...


    Any additional comments?

    Listen or read it either way its a must

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coypu
    London
    7/21/14
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    "Didn't work as an audiobook"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the paper version, but not the audiobook. I found there were too many references to visual things, which would have been easier to look at. Also, it's impossible to interrupt the book as there aren't any chapters on the audiobook (the Audible app crashes all the time, so no point in using that) It requires a lot of attention to follow...if you're a visual person, I would recommend the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator isn't very engaging. He has a nice voice, but isn't very dynamic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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