- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (10 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141033576
- ISBN-13: 978-0141033570
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 897 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow.Kahneman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, distils a lifetime of research into an encyclopedic coverage of both the surprising miracles and the equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking. He achieves an even greater miracle by weaving his insights into an engaging narrative that is compulsively readable from beginning to end. My main problem in doing this review was preventing family members and friends from stealing my copy of the book to read it for themselves...this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read (William Easterly Financial Times)
Absorbing, intriguing...By making us aware of our minds' tricks, Kahneman hopes to inspire individuals and organisations to identify strategies to outwit them (Jenni Russell Sunday Times)
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)
[Thinking, Fast and Slow] is wonderful, of course. To anyone with the slightest interest in the workings of his own mind, it is so rich and fascinating that any summary would seem absurd (Michael Lewis Vanity Fair)
It is an astonishingly rich book: lucid, profound, full of intellectual surprises and self-help value. It is consistently entertaining and frequently touching, especially when Kahneman is recounting his collaboration with Tversky . . . So impressive is its vision of flawed human reason that the New York Times columnist David Brooks recently declared that Kahneman and Tversky's work 'will be remembered hundreds of years from now,' and that it is 'a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves.' They are, Brooks said, 'like the Lewis and Clark of the mind' . . . By the time I got to the end of Thinking, Fast and Slow, my skeptical frown had long since given way to a grin of intellectual satisfaction. Appraising the book by the peak-end rule, I overconfidently urge everyone to buy and read it. But for those who are merely interested in Kahenman's takeaway on the Malcolm Gladwell question it is this: If you've had 10,000 hours of training in a predictable, rapid-feedback environment-chess, firefighting, anesthesiology-then blink. In all other cases, think (The New York Times Book Review)
[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)
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 Nicholas Taleb, author of 'The Black Swan')
Daniel Kahneman is among the most influential psychologists in history and certainly the most important psychologist alive today...The appearance of Thinking, Fast and Slow is a major event (Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct)
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, co-author of 'Freakonomics')
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, co-author of 'Nudge')
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Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.See all Product description
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.
Daniel Kahneman is a Senior Scholar at Princeton University, and Emeritus Professor of Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
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It's not an easy book to read so not one for the beach, but push through and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I normally read a book in a week or so, but I have taken more than 2 months to read this one because every concept he touches is so interesting that it seems almost silly not to reflect about it more deeply.
I liked Dan Ariely's books a lot (who, by the way, seems to have been somehow a disciple of Kahnemann), but they now seem to me somewhat "light-weight" compared to this book.
As a minor detail, the only thing missing for me is a a comprehensive summary of concepts explained. He touched on practically everything he has researched in his life (i.e. more than 50 years of fruitful research), so it is easy to forget one concept 3 chapters before. I would have loved to have a summary listing all the concepts described by theme or similar. Several times, I found myself going to places like Wikipedia to find just a list of the concepts he described. To be fair, his last chapter "Conclusions" gives a very broad summary of the book in about 10 pages, and then there is the list of contents at the beginning of the book, but an appendix with a summary table would have been helpful.
Throughout the book, Kahneman highlights several flaws in our automatic response and intuitions through many different experiments. His (and Amos Tversky's) findings are truly unbelievable and shocking. Every chapter reveals something profound in the human psyche, along with explanations. What makes this book especially phenomenal is that its premises are so fundamental, it is accessible to everyone who has an IQ above 60 (probably).
I don't read books usually, but this is one that you can't afford to miss!
Daniel Kahneman has had an enormous impact on the disciplines of risk perception and behavioural economics. In Thinking, Fast and Slow he explains the two ways that we think - the intuitive System 1, which does the fast thinking; and the effortful but slow System 2, which monitors System 1 and performs specified calculations. He also introduces us to the two species: Econs, who live rational lives in the land of economic theory, and Humans, who act in the real world. Finally, he looks at two versions of ourselves: the experiencing self that does the living; and the experiencing self that keeps score and makes choices.
The book summarises a huge amount of academic work that is directly relevant to the management of risk such as heuristics, biases, overconfidence and choices. It is written in an accessible way without the jounalistic breeziness of Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point) or the jokiness of Dan Ariely (The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty). Two seminal articles are reproduced as Appendices: Judgement under Uncertainty and Choices Values and Frames.
Thinking, Fast and Slow is great reading for anyone interested in understanding the psychology that shapes the management of risk.
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