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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497559456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497559455
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like the idea of taking a short cut into a book which has quite a lot of information to digest. As I already have the full book it did allow me to quickly sort out the sections which I was really interested in. I am not convinced that just buying a summary would have told me everything I wanted to know. The summary has about a third of the pages just blank - possibly the reason may have something to do with printing, but it give a slight feeling of being short changed. I do like the idea of somewhat getting an abridged version of a lengthy book and it did work for me as it saved me plodding through chapters I had no interest in. Did the person who wrote the summary do it well, not sure about that.
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This summarises the book chapter by chapter, one or two pages to summarise each chapter of the full book. It genuinely is a 30minute read and is worth 30 minutes of your life to grasp the basic concepts, but if you really want to understand it and think it all through (system 2?) you probably need the full version. It hasn't inspired me to read the full book so I'm glad I've only spent half an hour on it.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna-Marie Murphy on 15 Sept. 2014
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Interesting concept but didn't quite hit the mark for me in terms of explaining the material. Having said that it did give me reasonal insight and I read it in one day on my short train journey to and from work, if anything it's worth buying for the satisfaction of that.
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A discussion on the error of our ways. 9 April 2014
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
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Much is said about not making the same mistakes twice, how we should learn from them, and as long as we do we'll make better decisions the next time around.
I've always believed that to be true. I still do, for the most part, but reading the summary of Thinking, Fast and Slow caused me to dig a little deeper into the WHY we make mistakes. Especially when that little voice in our head chimed in during the decision-making process and said, "I think this is a stupid idea", and we did it anyway.

The reason, according to author Daniel Kahneman, is basically because we're lazy when it comes to deliberate thinking. For simplicity, he divides the brain into two parts and calls them "System 1" and "System 2". System 1 is intuitive and fast. System 2 is measured and slow. Can you guess which side gets us into the most trouble? You got it, System 1.

He gives a simple comparison. Looking at a photo is System 1; it's fast because we see what we want based on our experiences. Looking at a math problem is System 2; it's slow because it involves effort. System 1 and 2 are interactive, but System 1 is usually a greater influence.

Do not despair. As much trouble as Fast thinking causes, it is also responsible for the Fight or Flight instinct. So, it's been keeping us from extinction all these years. This, depending on who you ask, is a great thing.

I realize his explanation is all subjective and you can either call it nonsense or genius, but I will say I had many a Eureka moment when I was reading. It gave me a lot to think about (slowly) and I truly enjoyed it. I recommend for anyone wanting to learn more about how we process thoughts and ideas.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Book On Psychology! Very Well Explained Summary. 18 July 2014
By Barbara Carey - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a huge fan of psychology, there're tones of books out there for me to read on this particular topic. Hence, I couldn't find much time to read Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast And Slow'. That was, of course, until I found this Instaread summary. The summary is very well explained and contains all the major details necessary for you to understand the basis of this brilliant work of non-fiction.

The book is about the brain and how it works. This is something that has always fascinated me. It talks about the two different mental processes in our brains - the impulsive one and the rational one. He talks about how the latter is always the best as it helps you slowly think through everything that's got to o with your problem. This is one of the best books on Psychology that I have ever come across.

This summary is perfect for people that have busy lives and are way too short on time to read the entire book. You won't be disappointed, guys! Recommended to any fan of Psychology, Psychiatry, or Neuro-Science. Very well written summary!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
reasonable summary of book contents but bizarre critique 10 Aug. 2014
By Skeptical Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I so much enjoyed the original book by Kahnrman, that I bought this 30 minute summary to help remember the main points. The summary does a reasonable job of that, however the final critique completely misses one of the principal strengths of Kahneman's book. Using the device of System 1 and System 2, Kahneman's avoids the immense neuroscience problem of explaining the Anatomic or physiologic basis of the mind. I found Kahneman's book very refreshing and helpful in thinking about how we think.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great summary! 8 April 2014
By T. Neal - Published on Amazon.com
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At the heart, it compares human intuition with rational thinking.The theory on influences of the preconditioning on the mind (priming as the author calls it) and how it subtly and unconsciously affects the decision making process is revealing and shocking.Makes you think about how the most versatile creation of God actually thinks/ behaves/responds to different situations in life. Highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fast Thinking or Slow Thinking? You Decide 10 April 2014
By Vania M. - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been wanting to read Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" for a while but couldn't carve out the necessary time to give it my full attention. When I noticed the Instaread Summary of it I felt it was the perfect way to get the gist of it-and I was not disappointed. This was a truly brilliant, interesting read. Kahneman talks about how we essentially have two different mental processes which he calls system 1: the intuitive, fast mind and system 2: the slow, rational mind. He talks about how system 1 can often times be wrong because it tends to be more impulsive and sees what it wants to see and system 2 thinks much more carefully and slowly. However, he also describes how system 1 is responsible for the fight or flight response and serves an important purpose. Kahneman has many interesting conclusions about both systems; this was another great Instaread Summary.
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