Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Hardcover | November 1, 2011

byDaniel Kahneman

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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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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,...

DANIEL KAHNEMAN is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and a professor of public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the only non-economist to have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; it was awarded to him in 2002 for his pioneering work with Amos Tve...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.26 × 6.3 × 1.45 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beef Jerky This book is awesome, but I would compare it to beef jerky... you gotta chew it for a while before you can swallow. It's not fluffy and light, its quite deep and the academic language can be intimidating enough that I had to reread a couple chapters in order to get the full scope of what he was saying. I'm nearly finished, and as others reviews have stated... its deep and tough to get through quickly. However, it is extremely interesting and definitely will open your mind and your eyes to human behaviours and tendencies.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't let the academic language obscure the interesting information I would rather read Malcolm Gladwell, who Daniel Kahneman references a few times, but if you get past the pompous language, you'll find a lot of thought-provoking ideas. Many of the ideas might be familiar because you've heard of them on pop psychology, but many other ideas are novel. Everything has been well-researched, but you can have fun refuting the validity of some of the experiments. One of the most memorable revelations for me was that to understand a new piece of information, you first have to attempt to believe it. After you understand the statement, you can then decide if you believe it or not. If that didn't make any sense to you, but you'd like to know what I could possibly mean, you have to read this book. It's near the beginning, so if you don't like the book by the time you get to that point, you can stop. It's a great book for generating conversations.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic overview of the work that has been done in the study of human behaviour in various context covering more than the excellent work by Daniel Kahneman. If you are looking for a starting point into the emergent behaviour of our mind then look no further than this book.
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thinking, Fast and Slow This book is a vary good read D. Kahneman presents his subject well and convincingly. Like all books that are scientific in their nature he spends a some time presenting his data and the conclusions that are made from the data. He does so in a way that is easy going and entertaining, considering I the complexity and nature of the subject in his book. The logic is sound. The language concise and to the point. I enjoyed the work for opening new incites for some consideration.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thinking, Fast and Slow A top-notch psychology book written for the non-expert by a pioneer in the field, perhaps one of the few people who actually deserved his Nobel Prize in economics. Kahneman presents a clear and engaging account of the strengths and weaknesses of how people think. You may not think you are an illogical, fear-driven, and lazy thinker, but you will see those tendencies in you if you read the book. The book is sprinkled with very short psychology experiments that you are encouraged to perform on yourself, and there is nothing more convincing than seeing your personal results. I don't mean to portray the book as being negative about the human mind. Kahneman actually conveys a great deal of respect and wonder at how well our minds work in most situations. We have all been finely honed by generations upon generations of evolution to survive rapidly-approaching danger and to solve long-term problems. "Thinking, Fast and Slow" is a great pleasure to read and just might change how you think.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but alot to digest As others have stated, I really started reading with the hope it would give some insight to the way people think. As a Project Manager who is dealing constantly with change management, I end up slightly disappointed as it gets deep down in details. The book has insight, but you may need to take it bits and bites. I am half way through it but it has lost its lusture. Proceed with caution, it can get deep and for some, its tough slog.
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Definitely slow. I had been fairly excited to get into this book, and in the end, was quite disappointed. I started the book with zest, and ended up taking several weeks to finish it as it became my 'alternate read' on my iPad for occasions when I had some reading time, but my primary book was not nearby (my iPad is pretty much *always* nearby). If you have an academic interest in this area, the book is dull, slow, and there is little here that you have not already heard in an intro psyc or cognition class. If you do not have a previous academic interest in he area, you will find the book dull and slow. There were just barely enough findings-insights randomly speckled through the book to tease me and keep me from giving it up entirely.
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my perspective I would recommend this book to anyone with the patience to read it. Since finishing this book my persepective on my own mind has changed. I sometimes catch myself thinking fast when I should be slowing down or when I am letting various biases influence my decisions. My only complaint is that it can be difficult to read at times since so much is packed into every chapter. In my opinion to really get the value you have to read it slowly and revisit it (as I plan to in the future).
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Brief Summary and Review *A full executive summary of this book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com. The adage ‘you are what you eat’ is no doubt literally true, but when it comes to getting at the heart of what we are it is certainly more accurate to say ‘you are what you think’; for our identity emerges out of the life of the mind, and our decisions and actions (including what we eat) is determined by our thoughts. An exploration of how we think therefore cuts to the core of what we are, and offers a clear path to gaining a better understanding of ourselves and why we behave as we do. In addition, while many of us are fairly happy with how our mind works, few of us would say that we could not afford to improve here at least in some respects; and therefore, an exploration of how we think also promises to point the way towards fruitful self-improvement (which stands to help us both in our personal and professional lives). While thinking about thinking was traditionally a speculative practice (embarked upon by philosophers and economists) it has recently received a more empirical treatment through the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience. It is from the latter angle that the Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman approaches the subject in his new book 'Thinking, Fast and Slow'. As the title would suggest, Kahneman breaks down thinking into 2 modes or systems. Slow thinking is the system that we normally think of as thought in the strictest sense. It is deliberate and conscious, and we naturally feel as though we are in control of it (Kahneman refers to it as system 2). System 2 is in play when we actively consider what we want to have for dinner tonight, or when we choose what stocks to buy, or when we perform a mathematical calculation. System 1, by contrast, is automatic and unconscious, and hums along continuously in the background. It constantly surveys the environment, and processes the incoming stimuli with razor speed. System 1 is informed by natural drives and instincts but is also capable of learning, which it does by way of association (that is, connecting up novel stimuli with known stimuli according to shared characteristics, contiguity in time and place, or causality). The system is designed to give us an impression of our environment as quickly as possible, thus allowing us to respond to it immediately, which is especially important in times of danger. In order to do so, system 1 relies on general rules and guidelines (called heuristics). These heuristics are primarily geared to help us in the moment and are tilted towards protecting us from danger, and in this respect they are mostly very useful. Still, mistakes can be made, and the system was specifically designed to work in the environment in which we evolved, which is quite different from our current one, so this adds to its errors. Over and above this, the impressions that system 1 forms are also fed up to system 2. Indeed, whenever system 1 senses something out of the ordinary or dangerous, system 2 is automatically mobilized to help out with the situation. And even when system 2 is not mobilized specifically out of danger, it is constantly being fed suggestions by system 1. Now, while the impressions of system 1 are fairly effective in protecting us from moment to moment, they are much less effective in long-term planning; and therefore, they are much more problematic here. Of course, system 2 is capable of overriding the impressions of system 1, and of avoiding the errors. However, as Kahneman points out, system 2 is often completely unaware that it is being influenced (and misled) by system 1; and therefore, is not naturally well-equipped to catch the errors. Much of the book is spent exploring the activities and biases of system 1, in order to make us more aware of how this system works and how it influences (and often misleads) system 2. This is only half the battle, though, for while system 2 may be naturally poorly equipped to catch the errors of system 1, it is also often poorly equipped to correct these errors. Indeed, Kahneman argues that system 2 is simply not a paragon of rationality (as is often assumed in economics), and could stand to use a good deal of help in this regard. The most glaring deficiency of system 2, according to Kahneman, is that it is naturally very poor with probabilities and statistics. Fortunately, system 2 can be trained to improve here, and this is another major concern of the book. Kahneman does a very good job of breaking down the workings of the mind, and presenting his findings in a very readable way. My only objection to the book is that the arguments are sometimes drawn out much more than needed, and there is a fair bit of repetition. A full executive summary of the book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com; a podcast discussion of the book will be available shortly thereafter.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated out of 5 by from Good book, but obviously written by a person who spent more time in the lab then working with clients.
Date published: 2012-08-27

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A New York Times Book Review Best BookA Globe and Mail Best Book“I will never think about thinking quite the same. [Thinking, Fast and Slow] is a monumental achievement.”—Roger Lowenstein, Bloomberg/Businessweek“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 “[Kahneman’s] disarmingly simple experiments have profoundly changed the way that we think about thinking . . . We like to see ourselves as a Promethean species, uniquely endowed with the gift of reason. But Mr. Kahneman’s simple experiments reveal a very different mind, stuffed full of habits that, in most situations, lead us astray.” —Jonah Lehrer, The Wall Street Journal “[A] tour de force of psychological insight, research explication and compelling narrative that brings together in one volume the high points of Mr. Kahneman's notable contributions, over five decades, to the study of human judgment, decision-making and choice . . . Thanks to the elegance and force of his ideas, and the robustness of the evidence he offers for them, he has helped us to a new understanding of our divided minds—and our whole selves.” —Christoper F. Chabris, The Wall Street Journal “The ramifications of Kahenman’s work are wide, extending into education, business, marketing, politics . . . and even happiness research. Call his field “psychonomics,” the hidden reasoning behind our choices. Thinking, Fast and Slow is essential reading for anyone with a mind.” —Kyle Smith, The New York Post “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; Author of The Social Animal “Kahneman provides a detailed, yet accessible, description of the psychological mechanisms involved in making decisions.” —Jacek Debiec, Nature “With Kahneman’s expert help, readers may understand this mix of psychology and economics better than most accountants, therapists, or elected representatives. VERDICT: A stellar accomplishment, a book for everyone who likes to think and wants to do it better.” —Library Journal“Kahneman’s extraordinary contribution to humanity’s cerebral growth [has] reached the mainstream—in the best way possible.” —The Atlantic “Thinking, Fast and Slow is a magisterial work, stunning in its ambition, infused with knowledge, laced with wisdom, informed by modesty and deeply humane. If you can read only one book this year, read this one.” —The Globe and Mail “[In Thinking, Fast and Slow] We learn why we mistake statistical noise for coherent patterns; why the stock-picking of well-paid investment advisers and the prognostications of pundits are worthless; why businessmen tend to be both absurdly overconfident and unwisely risk-averse; and why memory affects decision making in counterintuitive ways. Kahneman's primer adds to recent challenges to economic orthodoxies about rational actors and efficient markets; more than that, it's a lucid, marvelously readable guide to spotting--and correcting--our biased misunderstandings of the world.” —Publishers' Weekly (starred review)“For anyone interested in economics, cognitive science, psychology, and, in short, human behavior, this is the book of the year. Before Malcolm Gladwell and Freakonomics, there was Daniel Kahneman who invented the field of behavior economics, won a Nobel…and now explains how we think and make choices. Here’s an easy choice: read this.” —The Daily Beast“The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. . . . Gripping. Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow deals with the very nature of thought, and it just may be the most important book I’ve read in many years. . .” —Los Angeles Review of Books“This book is one of the few that must be counted as mandatory reading for anyone interested in the Internet, even though it doesn’t claim to be about that. Before computer networking got cheap and ubiquitous, the sheer inefficiency of communication dampened the effects of the quirks of human psychology on macro scale events. No more. We must now confront how we really are in order to make sense of our world and not screw it up. Daniel Kahneman has discovered a path to make it possible.” —Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget“Daniel Kahneman is one of the most original and interesting thinkers of our time. There may be no other person on the planet who better understands how and why we make the choices we make. In this absolutely amazing book, he shares a lifetime’s worth of wisdom presented in a manner that is simple and engaging, but nonetheless stunningly profound. This book is a must read for anyone with a curious mind.” —Steven D. Levitt, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago; co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics.“Thinking, Fast and Slow is a masterpiece—a brilliant and engaging intellectual saga by one of the greatest psychologists and deepest thinkers of our time. Kahneman should be parking a Pulitzer next to his Nobel Prize.” —Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University Professor of Psychology, author of Stumbling on Happiness, host of the award-winning PBS television series “This Emotional Life” “This book is a tour de force by an intellectual giant; it is readable, wise, and deep. Buy it fast. Read it slowly and repeatedly. It will change the way you think, on the job, about the world, and in your own life.” —Richard Thaler, University of Chicago Professor of Economics and co-author of Nudge“This is a landmark book in social thought, in the same league as The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.”—Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan“Daniel Kahneman is among the most influential psychologists in history and certainly the most important psychologist alive today. He has a gift for uncovering remarkable features of the human mind, many of which have become textbook classics and part of the conventional wisdom. His work has reshaped social psychology, cognitive science, the study of reason and of happiness, and behavioral economics, a field that he and his collaborator Amos Tversky helped to launch. The appearance of Thinking, Fast and Slow is a major event.” —Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of our Nature