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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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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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
  • Brian Canavan
    Glasgow, Scotland
    7/7/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could have told it quicker"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I's recommend this book to anyone who like me is interested in the mechanics of the human mind and why we make decisions in the way we do. I would not recommend it toanyone looking to improve their decision making as the book goes on at lenght to reinforce the same poiint over and over again with lenghty descriptions of testing carried out.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Kahneman before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Egan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Nn abriged version might be better for most casual readers on human decisiveness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BB
    UK
    4/2/14
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    Story
    "Very thought provoking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

    I bought the audio first and based on some of the topics have now bought the book to re-read and understand in more depth. Some visuals are lost on you in the audio book when driving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some very interesting and thought provoking ideas and insights.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Egan – was your favourite?

    Speaks well and it is an enjoyable listen.


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

    No. You need time to ponder on some of the items before moving on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    3/5/14
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    "Difficult but Insightful"
    Would you listen to Thinking, Fast and Slow again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this again because I found some parts difficult to understand and I believe a second listen would help me get to grips with them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 'econs' because some people I know would perceive themselves as entirely logical beings and it helps highlight the fact that realistically our brains struggle to work in that way.


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    His voice is well suited to giving lectures because it sounds intelligent and coherent.
    I disagree with other reviews that criticise his voice as boring because I think it is more the difficult aspects of the book that make it appear boring.
    One day when I'm a Granddad and telling stories to my grand-children, I would like a voice like Patrick Egan's.


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

    There were some bits that were very interesting and left me thirsty for more information but equally there were other bits that were hard to digest and I felt like I needed a break, if anything just to analyse the information in my own head and let it sink in.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I think the content is good, I think it has been miss-sold as an audio book because for me the statistical problems are hard to digest if they are being spoken to you in real time, whereas in a paper book you can pause on a problem and let your brain comprehend it which is how I believe this book was designed.
    There were also a lot of references to the PDF, which in a paper book would just be illustrations. It defies the point of an audio book if you have to read a PDF!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olumide
    Sale, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "Educating"

    I found the book quite educating. It increased my knowledge of the human behavior. I have learnt a lot about my own behavior regarding risk taking and crave for insurance. I recommend it to everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jess' mum
    Whitby
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Fascinating and very accessible"

    My partner read this book and was always talking to me about the fascinating ideas in it. I much prefer hearing and talking about things than reading them and this was one book that I really wanted to hear for myself. I wondered whether it would work as an 'audible' book but it is excellent so far! I'm really enjoying playing excerpts and then thinking about them. It will change the way you think about thinking and you'll spend so much time going 'oops! System One thinking there...' as you generalise without evidence and pin your colours to an argument! I absolutely love the book and it is so much more enjoyable for me when I don't have to read it myself but can just listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Camberwell, Australia
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Inspiring brilliance"

    Daniel Kahneman sets out his research and current thinking on decision theory and prospect theory. I have loved listening to this book and found myself applying both the language and techniques discussed in my daily work.

    I can honestly say that this book offers the most clarity of thought of any non-fiction I have read or listened to in years. It is inspiring stuff and Patrick Egan's narration elegantly conveys issues that intuitively make sense but that challenge much of classical economics and business theory.

    There are many texts on decision making and influencing change. None that I have seen offer this clarity of insight into how people really think and how context (framing) can change their preferences. It is obvious why Daniel Kahneman was awarded a Nobel Prize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye_Doc
    Birmingham, UK
    4/7/13
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    "Insightful"

    An exciting and occasionally shocking insight into how out minds work behind the scenes. This insight has already led me to question my own behaviour and actions. Wholeheartedly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pheeqzie
    Inverkeithing, United Kingdom
    3/19/13
    Overall
    "Absolutely brilliant and well presented"

    Bought this as i was taking a module in behavioural finance at Uni and i have to say my interest in this field of work was one of scepticism at first but the more you get into it the more you can relate to its concepts and ideas, just a brilliant work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • charlie
    London, United Kingdom
    2/11/13
    Overall
    "Tour de Force"

    this is a very long book. And rather more academic than I tend to read (since university). However it is worth the effort for the occasional nuggets.



    Some brilliant mind-bending research insightfully described.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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