Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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.

Title:Thinking, Fast and SlowFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385676522

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to change your thinking This book is great for showing you what your mind is capable of and what areas are prone to biases and shortcomings. I found this book to be essential for anyone who wants to think at a higher level or make better decisions (or even just be conscious of where you are likely to make errors). Not an easy read but I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Opened up new perspectives This book is really fascinating in terms of psychological discoveries about choices. I did find it a very long read and tended to skip over the heavier sections, but in general it is well worth the read in terms of understanding approaches to life decision making.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This book was such a great book to read as a student studying psychology.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This is one of those types of books you need to read at least once - totally changes your perspective on life and how you go about your day.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I have read a few books similar to the theme of this book so I found it to be a bit repetitive however was overall a fantastic read and I learned a lot!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind opening Great read loved this book
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was a compelling, thought-provoking, enlightening read. Great content, great writer
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome BOOOK I`ve herd so much about this book so I finally went out and purchased it and boy was it worth it. I gain so much more understanding and clarity about how we (as) people think.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! If you want to learn and understand how the mind works, then this book will show you how!! It will change your perspective at how you take choices!!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good insights There were some great insights, but it is pretty lengthy. I have put it aside and haven't gone back to it in a few months since I found myself getting bored at times. If you can pay attention to heavy texts and theory, it might be suited to you
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book Insightful and thought provoking!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love This Book! Awesome book about ways of thinking and how to train your brain and mind into better thinking processes. I learned quit a few study tips from this book as well.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Definitely would recommend to a friend. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book A really good book. One of the best I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, but proceed with caution. If you ever wanted to read a book about what you really didn’t want to know about how you think, this is it! Writing from studies done over the last 40 years (especially those done with Amos Tversky and Richard Thaler, Kahneman looks at the hardwiring of our thinking and how even when the facts are readily available and the probability of success is easily calculated, we will still choose the illogical option. This intuition (or System 1 thinking as described in the book) controls everything we do. We tend to believe that our own intuition is informed by our experience and education, but even in studies involving experts in their own field of study, we see that people succumb to the structure of the question put in front of them. Kahneman shows that if a medical procedure has a 90% survival rate, the risk will be seen as much more acceptable than the same procedure which has a 1 in 10 mortality rate. As you start to read through the book, you will at first think that this doesn’t apply to you. You are a critical thinker and you don’t get sucked in by question structure. But by the time you get half way through the book, you will realize that everyone is vulnerable to System 1 thinking. The book is well written. The jargon is not too heavy. No difficult statistical formulae. There are even many personal insights into the mind of the author. And yet, I found this book a very difficult read mainly because it challenged how I felt about myself and the decisions I have made in my life. It made me rethink my whole metacognition. And yes, there were times where I wished I could have unread it. But maybe if we all read the book and understood it, we might make better decisions.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Great book that made me think a lot about how I think and make decisions.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Overall, I felt this was an interesting read. At times the book can feel a bit dull but is enjoyable in small doses. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in finance/business and human behaviour.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this i read a lot and this is one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! This book sat on my shelf for many years before I finally read it; don't let that happen! This book forces you to question your thoughts and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An engaging conversation on our flawed minds Great book, delves deep into how we make decisions in all aspects of life and how to recognize when our thinking may be flawed. Broad topics are covered, from deciding where to purchase our groceries to how we approach the concept of marriage. The central concept of the entire book is in recognizing that the human mind consists of system 1 (involving snap judgments, intuitive decisions) and system 2 (more deliberate, and often times, rational thinking) and how one overrides the other. Highly recommended for those who are interested in exploring questions about human logic and rationale and their implications on how we live our lives.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting interesting read on how people think
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Great book ! enjoyed reading it !
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book There is true value in this book. I do recommend this read to anyone open to learning something new (or reaffirming something forgotten) about the world and themselves. What I find troubling is: this book is about how valuable first impressions are and behavior that naturally gets in the way of consistent and reliable evaluations; any negative review I've read about this book is authored by someone representing those exact behaviors. If the language is too 'technical' then run a Google search, if you find the writing too slow then ask yourself, 'what are you rushing for?' If you think that 'the content is too basic', then why did you waste your time reading it instead of seeking out something more challenging?
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great book for those interested in neuroeconomics
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revelatory Will make you ask deep and penetrating questions about your own life that will benefit you moving forward. There is some language, but if you fight through it, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books of the year I did not enjoy the first few pages. It is, as many other reviews state, filled with tough academic language. I ended up re-reading the first two chapters before being able to move on, but once I did I absolutely fell in love. It is extremely interesting and filled with memorable revelations. I learned so much about human behaviour and our thought processes. It was just incredibly interesting to think about how I think. A must read.
Date published: 2016-11-07
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