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Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.
In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness-each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.
Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives-and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.
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By Alex on 02-26-12
read this book (not for listenings)
What did you love best about Thinking, Fast and Slow?
Audio books are meant to be listened. In your car, while jogging, biking (that's what I do). This book constantly requires you to look at figures in the addendum, worse, some parts go on forever with just numbers, like 99% - value1, 98%, value2, 97% value3. Probably a better read than a listen
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
By fredmonster on 12-22-12
The most useful explanation of our problems processing decisions in a rational way. Not a self help book but a text allowing insight and reflection on an individual and organisational basis. Unifies or compliments many of the other books I have read; Dawkins, Haidt, Pinker, Harris, Dennet and Robert Wright. Essential to download PDF file and stop the car if referring to it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Carrie on 07-24-13
Interesting topic - but audiobook wrong format
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This is a fascinating book - outlining key research areas in the psychology of decision making. It also does a very good job explaining clearly the fundamentals of statistics in research - I wish it had been available when I was doing my psychology degree! BUT - it is a difficult book to digest in audiobook format. There are lots of references to the PDFs (difficult to refer to when driving!) and there are a lot of "lists" which you have to hold in your head whilst the theory is explained. It would be much easier to digest in traditional paper format.
63 of 66 people found this review helpful
By Judy Corstjens on 07-23-12
Brilliant. DK is a genuine mind reader!
Who am I to say this noble laureate is brilliant, but I'll chuck in my two pennyworth anyway. Kahneman shows you how you think and how easy it is to be deluded and misled by the way your brain just happens to work. Some of the book is quite hard work, and sometimes it is a bit slow reading (laboured points), but the content is fascinating and also important. It will probably change how you think, view and live your life, which is quite something for a mere book.
37 of 39 people found this review helpful
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By Diego on 05-04-16
Hard to listen but good content so far.
This has been the hardest book to listen to, I listened to almost a dozen titles and unfortunately I haven't finished this book yet. The content is great, I just don't believe it translates well as an audiobook and I wish I knew that before I bought it. That's why I'm leaving a review so it hopefully helps other people make their decision. Also there are a lot of references to picture and diagrams, not great if you are driving or out and about. In regards to content, it's very technical, almost draining, but I like it
34 of 35 people found this review helpful
By Sean Beckman on 03-14-16
Critical Analysis of our Hidden Selves
Daniel Kahneman does an excellent job delivering an analysis of human intuition and reasoning by example and thought experiment. Pointing out the flaws within the readers own mind proves effective in breaking down the false assumption that we are rational and the decisions we make aren't rooted in benign or even unrelated factors.
I find it will take probably another two listens to even remember half the jargon set up in this book. Normally I would have disdain for jargon but this book perfectly points out the advantage of it within its study of expert intuitions. As much as jargon tends to obfuscate what it describes for outsiders, it's vital for an expert's system 1 to use to make rapid and accurate judgements.
Ultimately this book is both engaging and interesting, the delivery is excellent and not monotone and is effective in reflecting both the quality of the written words and the author's personality coming through the voice actors performance.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful