Thinking, Fast And Slow
  • Thinking, Fast And Slow
  • Thinking, Fast And Slow
ISBN: 0374533555
EAN13: 9780374533557
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 2, 2013
Pages: 499
Dimensions: 2" H x 8.3" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Major New York Times bestseller
Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012
Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011
A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title
One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year
One of The Wall Street Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011
2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
Kahneman's work with Amos Tversky is the subject of Michael Lewis's The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

In his mega bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.

System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation--each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

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   It's great to hear the perspective of Daniel Kahneman
There's not much new here if you're aware of this field. It's great to hear the perspective of a visionary such as Daniel Kahneman. He's aware that he's a visionary in the field and it comes across in the writing. An editing pass could have cut it down to half the length. If you're not aware of the research in this area, it's a great summary.
   Great book, and the basis for a lot of new thinking in business and politics
A great book. This is one of the more useful books I've read in a long time. I read Superforecasting by Tetlock a few months after reading this book, and I was struck by how it was a confirmation of what Kahneman said about System 2. By avoiding errors and using System 2, you can improve your ability to forecast what will happen in the future, at least the near term future. I'm glad I've finally gotten around to reading this book, I think it's the foundation for a lot of new thinking in politics and business. I think it needs a better title.
   A classic. A lot of information.
A lot of extra information was given by the author of his work with Amos Tversky. It took me longer to read this book than it did to write my review. I don't remember where I learned some of the deep understanding in this book, but I guess it's mine now. I remember the impression that was great.
   Read the Whole Book!
Some commenters are suggesting that you read the conclusion and the introduction. The author's discussion of fascinating research studies that bolster his theory would be missed. It would be similar to watching the first ten minutes of a movie. You will miss out on the joy of taking everything in if you get the gist.
   I had an epiphany (or a half)
We think fast a lot. We make mistakes after that. Sometimes, we think slowly. We get it right after that. You have read the book. Don't read this book, think it over slowly.
   An interesting and informative read
I have a bias towards books on cognitive science, so no surprise that I liked this book. The general reader can easily adopt a simple narrative from such popular books as a bible of truth. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that this is the last word on the topics covered, read and enjoy, but keep an inquisitive mind.
   Overloaded and Repetitive
The book is an example of why academics don't fare well in real life. The simple argument is buried under the stack of irrelevant facts when there is an introduction to topics discussed at hand. The author shows off with her ego. There is no such thing as a prize for economics.
   One way of thinking
I was hoping for more from the book. Good decision making, mostly anecdotal and research notes, is not new. My parents do a better job of giving me advice on my toughest decisions in my life. I keep them in the loop because sometimes I ignore their advice or choose to follow a different path.
   A psychologist lays the groundwork for shooting down the "rational person" theory in Economics.
Daniel Kahneman won the Economics prize for his work with a man called Twersky. The book tries to explain to the general reader that the mind has two systems. System 2 is more logical. Intuition and emotion can overwhelm logic and facts before System 2 performs. Simplistic and accompanied by many complex exercises that show the truth of the theory. The rational person theory of markets has been shown to be as irrational as possible if both Systems fail to be employed. I read it from the library, but it's complex and rich.
   Interesting but do not buy Kindle version
Content is interesting, but don't buy the Kindle version, because links often don't work, and many images and footnotes seem to be lost.