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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“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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Lengthy and detailed but understandable.

Now I know why so many self help and management books reference this book. Great research and references. I highly recommend this book who wants to understands the limits of human understanding. The System 1 versus System 2 metaphors work to keep the discussion understandable to a layman.

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Mind-Altering

Without a doubt the best book on decision-making I have ever read. The author is obviously invested in improving the ability of one to think.

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So many takeaways..

I listened to the book as I drove to/from work each day and found so many great thought experiments that I would inevitably arrive at work (or home) excited to share some of the insights/thought experiments with others. The book is loaded with so many great insights into the human mind.

With that said, I did find myself wishing I had the printed book from time to time because it'd be easier to reference specific examples, but overall really glad I took the time to hear this.

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Great for thinking!

This book really helps you challenge the way you think. Very much worth the read!

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Very academic

Far too academic for me. I like some amount of entertainment or personal improvement suggestions in an audiobook, but this had neither.

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Little lengthy.

Great content most of the time but takes a long time to explain each topic. I feel like some content could have been cut out in order to get the point across.

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Impossible to follow

I could not follow this book at all. Maybe the real book is easier to follow. I gave up.

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Slow and turns from interesting into a textbook

I had to listen at 1.15 speed to maintain attention. The book started out interesting with surprising information but after about chapter 20 or so each chapter turns into a long description of singular experiment and it all blends together .

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so relevant!

Loved it!
Please, please, take this data into account in your future life experiences. Learn to use your system two!

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tough to keep up with.

my brain our probably small, but I found sections to be too much explanation. I get that he did a ton of work, and he Definately proved his points. however, I got lost and didn't need all the details.