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Thinking, Fast and Slow Audiobook

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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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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    Dick Olathe, KS 02-01-16
    Dick Olathe, KS 02-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Now I can see why 50% of voters would not be embarrassed to have Trump in the Whitehouse."

    First I agree with others that a paper copy of this book makes more sense than an audio book.
    Just as Susan Cain's book "Quiet" made me understand that being an introvert is not bad, Daniel Kahneman made me realize that slow thinking is also not bad. But either attribute will not be easily acceptable to most other people. Kahneman's main theme of fast thinking "what you see is all there is" parallels two famous quotes that I believe in:
    Mark Twain: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
    H. L. Mencken: "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
    Kahneman's presentation of his work in understanding how we think was done with extensive detail along numerical statistics (not easy follow on an audiobook but well done if we stop the audio and supplement with paper and pencil). What he tells us applies as much to the reader as it does to others. I think anyone willing to do minimal slow thinking can gain a better understanding of how we think from this book.

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    Nate Daily 01-21-16
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    "Loved it"

    Well I liked the end so therefore I liked all of it. Joking aside this is a great book and will help me think more critically about decisions I make.

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    R Castellano 01-02-16
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    "great - everyone should read - will change how you"

    great - everyone should read - will change how you live your life and make decisions

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    Larry Gilbert, AZ 12-24-15
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    "Incredibly informative. Unabridged version gets a little long"

    loved it. I felt like Kahneman gave structure and clarity to vague concepts. Must read.

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    hanscristian 12-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the most borring books ever"

    Good information and i learned some. But ialmost died out of boredome and just wanted the book to end. Then finally after 20 hours im free from this pain. I gave it high 4/5 because the book had important information.

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    Melissa Apter 12-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting and thought provoking"

    This book is fired with fascinating results from simple and interesting experiments that will make you question how much autonomy you really have over your own decisions.

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    Joshua E Brown 12-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely interesting, but better in book form than audio"

    Author continuously references tables and figures that Audible does not provide. The subject matter, while interesting, can be a bit tedious to get through, especially when listening. I would've preferred to have had a book

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    gregory 12-08-15
    gregory 12-08-15
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    "My thoughts"

    Insightful,. I thought it was informative and organize in a way that I could digest the information. Hardbook would be helpful for illustration.

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    David Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 12-05-15
    David Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 12-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great insight even if wrong sometimes"

    I have listened to a lot of audiobooks on behavioral economics and this one stands out in a few ways. There is definitely some new insights that I have never picked up anywhere else. I only have two complaints. First, he expresses a few simple conclusions that are flat out wrong. They are not necessary for his content so it is not a big deal but it is annoying. My second complaint is the number of hours of listening required. I would have preferred an abridged version.

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    Amazon Customer 12-04-15 Member Since 2016

    Business bent but engineering foundation. I read about 50 hours per month.

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    "Great compendium on two modes of thinking"

    Required reading for anyone that wants to understand how they make decisions using their left (slow) and right (fast) mode of thinking.

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