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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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  • pheeqzie
    Inverkeithing, United Kingdom
    3/19/13
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    "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.

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  • charlie
    London, United Kingdom
    2/11/13
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    "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.

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  • Hejazia
    London
    12/23/12
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    "I recommend this book"

    This book opened my eyes to how my brain may work. I recommend this book for reading & (listening!).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    Kirklistion, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Repetitive"

    Found this book very hard listening. There are countless references to a host of studies which all argue the same case. System one can not be trusted on its own, and system two is more reliable overall.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sonia
    Ongar, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Slow"

    Haven't been able to finish his book - it's really hard to get to grips with !! Maybe there needs to be a " getting ready to be thinking fast and slow " ?? Ha ha

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