Thinking, Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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. . .a lucid, marvelously readable guide to spotting--and correcting--our biased misunderstandings of the world.
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Major New York Times bestsellerWinner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleOne of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 20112013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, 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 business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic.

 

 

About Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his pioneering work with Amos Tversky on decision-making.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 512 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Self Help, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Sep 15 2011

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Galen Strawson on Dec 13 2011

It is an outstanding book, distinguished by beauty and clarity of detail, precision of presentation and gentleness of manner.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Oct 03 2011

. . .a lucid, marvelously readable guide to spotting--and correcting--our biased misunderstandings of the world.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Holt on Nov 25 2011

Appraising the book by the peak-end rule, I overconfidently urge everyone to buy and read it.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Chabris on Oct 22 2011

It is almost defiantly focused on the science, with a leavening of memoir and personal observation.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on Oct 25 2011

Think fast: Buy this book. Read it fast. Then, read it slowly. Think—fast and slow—about what you read. Repeat.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Christopher Shea on Dec 16 2012

. . .wider-view thoughts are left to a sketchy, 11-page concluding chapter.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by William Easterly on Nov 05 2011

...this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read. Kahneman’s book will help you Think Slow about what Thinking Fast gets very wrong, and what it gets very right.

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Financial Times

Excellent
Reviewed by William Easterly on Nov 05 2011

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.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Marek Kohn on Nov 18 2011

It sometimes requires more work than it should. . .But that is because much more than a single lifetime's slow thought has gone into it.

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Huffington Post

Below average
Reviewed by David Ropeik on Dec 15 2011

. . .he fails to describe the discoveries. . .about the psychology of risk perception... the way we make choices about threats to our health.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by Jesse Singal on Dec 04 2011

Kahneman has a remarkable ability to take decades worth of research and distill from it what would be important and interesting for a lay audience.

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Slate

Below average
Reviewed by Daniel Enberg on Oct 26 2011

There's little in Thinking, Fast and Slow that hasn't been said before, in books and journals and lots of magazine articles.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Christopher Shea on Dec 16 2011

Daniel Kahneman demonstrates forcefully in his new book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” how easy it is for humans to swerve away from rationality, how our hard-wired biases lead us time and again to make dumb (or, more politely) unreasonable choices.

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Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by James Pressley on Dec 12 2012

. . .a highly readable and richly empirical study of our "mental machinery". . .

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Business Week

Excellent
Reviewed by Roger Lowenstein on Oct 27 2011

. . .Kahneman’s greater achievement is to build a framework for how, or why, the mind reasons as it does.

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Daily Kos

Excellent
Reviewed by Daily Kos on Apr 10 2013

A fast one and a slow one. Neither is better, but they are good at different things. This is a brilliant book: Full of insight and very well written, as well.

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Seeking Alpha

Good
Reviewed by Dirk Ehnts on May 30 2012

Daniel Kahneman's new book is a tour de force...Kahneman provides an excellent overview of his own and others research regarding decision making.

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Spectrum Culture

Above average
Reviewed by David Harris on May 30 2013

Some of the book can be slow-going, especially the chapters rooted in mathematics. But the reward of soldiering on is worth the risk of lost time.

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Mother Jones

Good
Reviewed by Gavin Aronsen on Oct 22 2011

Our brains have two systems for decision making...This engaging book, a culmination of years of work in behavioral psychology...examines the interplay between these systems...

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Scientific American

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandra Upson on Jan 27 2012

Stumbling into your own sloppy thinking makes their discoveries all the more personal.

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Management Today

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Davidson on Nov 01 2011

I just have a hunch...that most outside his field will find it hard going. How do we examine what we choose to do and guard against poor decision-making? Kahneman doesn't clearly tell us.

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London School of Economics

Good
Reviewed by blog admin on Sep 09 2012

...Thinking, Fast and Slow is a highly enjoyable and informative read for anyone wanting insight into the human mind.

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Canadian Business

Good
Reviewed by Jordan Timm on Nov 17 2011

Kahneman’s new book condenses a lifetime’s worth of thinking about thinking. Thinking, Fast and Slow is effectively a summary of a career that broke new ground in the investigation of human judgment and decision-making...

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Seattle Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Hanna Raskin on Jan 05 2012

The book is far more profound than a few bullet points can convey. . .

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The Kenyon Review

Good
Reviewed by Weston Cutter on Nov 30 2011

Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow is, for my money, one of maybe a dozen books released this year that someone could compellingly argue will be read in 50 years.

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The Finance Professional's Post

Good
Reviewed by Kevin Weinman on May 01 2013

Kahneman’s clear writing style makes the work easily digestible and entertaining for those without a psychology background. At the end of Kahneman’s path to discovery, you will find yourself with a better understanding of why we all make the decisions we do and gain deeper insight into the mind’s decision-making process.

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Hindustan Times

Good
Reviewed by Gautam Chikermane on Feb 17 2012

I’d put my money on the fact that this book is very likely to be one of the best non-fiction books of 2012.

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Scientific American

Above average
Reviewed by Scott Kaufman and Jerome Singer on Jan 17 2012

While Kahneman’s book, and his research, has been influential in psychology and economics in helping us understand the fallibility of human reasoning and decision making, we think his emphasis on the fallibility of System 1 overlooks the important adaptive value of System 1 for creative thought and imagination.

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BigThink.com

Good
Reviewed by David Ropeik on Dec 13 2011

...is rich and comprehensive and, understandably, focuses on the fields that were central to Kahneman’s research.

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LV Revealed

Above average
Reviewed by Nick Christenson on Dec 11 2012

...Thinking, Fast and Slow is a survey of the field of human decision making, and is absolutely fascinating. The ties to gambling are admittedly tenuous, but they are also critical, and Kahneman does an incredible job of communicating his findings to us.

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The Economic Times

Good
on Aug 31 2012

Kahneman...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.

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The Algemeiner

Good
Reviewed by Jeremy Rosen on Feb 17 2012

I must recommend Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. I was won over at the very start when he describes his conversations with his late friend and collaborator Amos Tversky in the Rimon restaurant in downtown Jerusalem, just off Ben Yehudah.

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The Wilson Quarterly

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel Akst

. . .a genial survey of human irrationality that serves as an admirable summa of the author’s extraordinary life’s work.

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Summary

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on Sep 13 2013

Thinking, Fast and Slow will have readers looking at the world around them, and at their own decisions and opinions, much differently. This is not a fast book to read, however — nor should it be. There is too much to be savored.

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CIA

Above average
Reviewed by Frank J. Babetski on Jul 19 2012

Thinking, Fast and Slow provides intelligence officers with an accessible vocabulary to discuss the processes of human cognition—the interactions between System 1 and System 2 thinking—which are at the center of their work. It does not, however, provide solutions or reliable approaches to bias mitigation.

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Third Sector

Good
Reviewed by Emma De Vita on Apr 02 2012

What this book does is force you to think about how you make decisions at work and be aware of instances where you would be better off forcing yourself to think slowly rather than rashly. Ponder on.

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Switchboard

Good
on Feb 08 2012

...changing the way fast-thinking real humans view climate change can be a slow process. Thinking Fast and Slow really is a must read for those who want to try.

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Amerian Scientist

Excellent
Reviewed by Steven Sloman

In a masterly fashion he has woven several strands of insight into a finely detailed tapestry.

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Association for Psychological Science

Excellent
Reviewed by Max Bazerman

clarifies that we now know a tremendous amount about the underlying mechanisms for the effects in the behavioral decision research field,

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Roberto Sedycias on Sep 13 2013

Kahneman offers practical insights into the work of critical thought and, in his way, has given "critical thought analysis," whose science some social scientists have devoted tomes to, a new, quicker way to achieve a positive end.

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First Friday Book Synopsis

Excellent
Reviewed by Bob Morris on Mar 31 2012

...I think this is one of the most important books published during the past decade...Thank you, Daniel Kahneman!

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Parental Book Reviews

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on Sep 13 2013

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...

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Mike Kueber's Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Kueber on Mar 17 2012

Thinking Fast and Slow is one of the most interesting, insightful books that I have read in a long time, and I believe most kids would benefit immensely from being exposed to the concepts.

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The Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Bill Dahl on Jan 20 2012

I highly recommend Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman…just take your time with it…experience it…as Kahneman has gone to great lengths to invite your participation…learning is effortful. Well worth the effort.

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Marginal Revolution

Good
Reviewed by Tyler Cowen on Oct 12 2011

It is evident throughout that the author is a psychologist and not an economist; your mileage may vary, but you will not find a response to John List in here.

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Practical Eloquence

Good
on Sep 13 2013

Any serious student or practitioner of persuasion—or of thinking clearly and resisting persuasion—should read and re-read this book.

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http://personalmba.com

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Reviewed by Josh Kaufman on Sep 13 2013

Thinking, Fast and Slow is an approachable guide to human cognition and the field of heuristics and biases: how our thinking processes reliably malfunction.

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Getting Oriented, The Novel

Good
Reviewed by Wally Wood on May 01 2012

For a book filled with the results of psychological experiments and some fairly sophisticated statistical theory, it is remarkably clear.

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http://www.albertsuckow.com

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Reviewed by Albert Suckow on Mar 22 2012

The concluding chapter includes a critique of libertarianism that is rather weak. By setting up the argument that libertarianism is built upon a foundation of assumed hyper-rationality, Kahneman proceeds to show this position untenable. Of course, the position is untenable if libertarians actually based their ideas on 100% rational human behavior.

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Neuromarketing

Excellent
Reviewed by Roger Dooley on Mar 22 2012

Lay readers need not be put off by the size of the book and credentials of the author...His style is exceptionally clear and actually entertaining; he seasons his writing with gentle humor. Thinking, Fast and Slow is brilliant and a must-read for anyone interested in the brain, mind, thought, and decision-making.

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http://moneyweek.com

Good
on Nov 22 2011

Nobel-prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman is one of the fathers of the field of behavioural economics, which, rather than assuming that we are all perfectly rational calculating machines...considers how the way our brains actually work in practice affects our economic and financial decisions, writes Sean Keyes.

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