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In the highly anticipated 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. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals t ...more
Hardcover, 499 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Steve Your mind has two different systems. One works quickly and intuitively, and is often wrong. The other is analytic, and can get the right answer, but i…moreYour mind has two different systems. One works quickly and intuitively, and is often wrong. The other is analytic, and can get the right answer, but is very lazy and loves to take shortcuts, and hand things back off to the quick system.

This book details LOTS of fallacies and traps that these two different systems, working against each other sometimes, can even cause professional statisticians to react incorrectly to a situtation.

This book gives you 3 or 4 statements at the end of every chapter to help to realize the ways you could apply this knowledge you have learned like "When we survey the reaction to these products, let's make sure we don't focus exclusively on the average. We should consider the entire range of normal reactions."

This is not a typical "business" book that leds itself to the "top 3" synopsis. The dedicated student will be rewarded by reading the whole thing.(less)
Yorgo Malcolm Gladwell isn't a psychologist and his books aren't really psychology books. He is a journalist and does a great job telling entertaining stori…moreMalcolm Gladwell isn't a psychologist and his books aren't really psychology books. He is a journalist and does a great job telling entertaining stories while at the same time teaching us some concepts, but that doesn't make his books psychology books in my opinion.

I definitely recommend reading "Thinking, fast and slow" because it is really interesting. The author, Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist, and he is the only psychologist that received a nobel price. That should tell you something about the quality of this book.
I won't say it's an easy-read, but it is certainly well explained and interesting. (less)

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R.A. Schneider
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-of-mind
In the last few years two books took me FOREVER to get through. The first was Daniel Dennett's "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" and the second is Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow." What caused this? What do they have in common? Both books explain, in minute detail, simple concepts with immensely far-reaching implications, and both have been... after the slog... the most intellectually rewarding reading of my adult life.

Where to begin... I have a number of theories running around in my head, and occ
Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: economics, psychology
An unrelentingly tedious book that can be summed up as follows. We are irrationally prone to jump to conclusions based on rule-of-thumb shortcuts to actual reasoning, and in reliance on bad evidence, even though we have the capacity to think our way to better conclusions. But we're lazy, so we don't. We don't understand statistics, and if we did, we'd be more cautious in our judgments, and less prone to think highly of our own skill at judging probabilities and outcomes. Life not only is uncerta ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book. Reading this book means not having to read so many others. For example, you could avoid having to read, Sway, Blink, Nudge and probably a dozen or so other books on Behavioural Economics. And the best part of it is that this is the guy (or, at least one half of the two guys) who came up with these ideas in the first place.

I was thinking that perhaps the best way to explain those other books would be to compare them to Monty Python. I want you to imagine something - s
Kara Babcock
I kind of want to cut this book in half, praise the first part, and stick the second part in some corner to gather dust. Not that the second part is bad, mind you; the entire book is well-written and obviously the product of someone who knows their field. There’s just a lot of it. Thinking, Fast and Slow is kind of like a guest who shows up to your party and then dazzles everyone with an impromptu, 15-minute oration on the geopolitical situation in South Ossetia; and, everyone applauds and turns ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paradigmshifters
If your objective, like it is when one finishes reading a self-help book, is to implement what Mr. Kahneman has to say in real life and benefit from it, I should warn you, you will be sorely disappointed. Believe it or not, in my opinion, I believe Mr. Kahneman is telling you exactly that in this book - that whether you like it or not, your entire life is guided or may I say decided by two fundamental ideas and that there is very little you can do to change it, period.

Mr. Kahneman is probably t
Jay Kamaladasa
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Hands down, one of the best books in its genre.

The book is a lengthy, self-conscious and a challenging read but highly recommended if you're interested in why human beings behave the way they behave. It's given me so much 'oh snap, so that's why we're so dumb' moments that at this point I don't even want to admit I'm a human to any space-time traveling race that comes in collision of 21st century Earth.

Citing behavioral research studies, he's convinced me that human confidence is a measure of w
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Kahneman is a Genius. But if you know his work, you know that already.

A Nobel Prize winner, his work is weighty and a bit recondite into the bargain. To help you decipher it into simple terms, I’m going to try to give you a Google-ised explanation, in bullet form:

We all live in a postmodernist world now. When we come of age into that scenario, many of us learn a bit of caution. Unless this brutal coming of age makes us hip and glib.

So there are two ways of thinking now. One is thinking fa
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Often I find myself in conversations with people who are criminally opinionated, but have little in the way of empirical grounding. It’s common in these situations to hear them malign opponents of their views by reducing the conflict to a single factor; My opponent is so dumb they couldn’t hump a bacteria if they were a horny phage. Now, putting aside the fact that single factor analysis is a mugs game when discussing things of any complexity (which is basically everything), when resorting to th ...more
Megan Baxter
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Thinking, Fast and Slow is just okay. It's being marketed as a book on psychology (and economic psychology, in particular) for the layperson. I'm not sure if other laypeople agree, but this wasn't really for me. And it's not that the prose is too technical (okay, sometimes it is) but rather that Kahneman is stuck somewhere between academic technicalities and clear expressive prose.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You
Abubakar Mehdi
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is very difficult to judge, review or analyze a book that basically challenges the very idea of human “Rationalism”. Are humans perfectly rational? This dude, Daniel Kahneman, got a Nobel Prize in Economics for saying they are not. An ordinary person might have been treated with glare or a stinging slap if he said that to someone’s face. We simply don’t like being told that we are not very rational and certainly not as intelligent as we think we are. Hidden in the depths of our consciousness, ...more
Jan Rice
Whew! Wrestled this one down to the ground. It's got so much in it; I've got all I can for now. I'm leaving it out in the living room for now, though--for refreshers.

The author's aim is to prove to us that we are not rational beings to the extent we think we are, that evolution has seen to that. And that being the case, the book outlines what we need to know so as not to mess up decisions like we have been doing--like we all do.

And he's made it accessible. He pulls you in. You will get your sha
Nicholas Sparks
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a fascinating study of the mind, how people make decisions, and how the decision-making process can be improved. ...more
This book had me laughing and smiling, more than many a book described in its blurb as side-splittingly funny or something similar because I recognised the cognitive disillusions described in this book as my own and in any case I am the kind of person who if they fall into a good mood wonders if it's due to the pint and the pie that was eaten earlier.

In my case the preacher wasn't talking to the choir, but I had been to the church before and enjoyed the services. It doesn't set out to be a new b
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book about how we think, written by a Nobel-prize-winning economist. Kahneman explains how two "systems" in the mind make decisions. "System 1" is the fast, intuitive aspect of the mind. "System 2" is the slower, logical and reasoning part of the mind. We generally make decisions quickly with the System 1, often because System 2 is simply--lazy. It takes effort to think things out rationally, and our rational minds are not always up to the job.

This book is a long, comprehen
Elyse  Walters
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading "Thinking, Fast, and Slow", ....(book choice for this month's local book club),
was not exactly bedtime reading for me.

I had already pre- judged it before I started reading... ( certain I would discover I'm a FAST
INTUITIVE - type thinker ... ( quick, often influenced by emotion). Once in awhile I use
basic common sense - logic .... but even, it is usually with 'righteous emotions'. Just
being honest!

I understand this is an intellectual -giant- of - a -book about "How we think"...
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: New York Times
Freeman “Dyson Sphere” Dyson wrote the New York Times review, which has me swooning right there. Dyson was a particularly apt pick because Kahneman helped design the Israeli military screening and training systems back when the country was young, and Dyson at 20 years old cranked statistics for the British Bombing Command in its youth. Dyson was part of a small group that figured out the bombers were wrong about what mattered to surviving night time raids over Germany; a thing only about a quart ...more
Roy Lotz
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking about it.

I think this book is mistitled. For years, I assumed that it was some kind of self-help book about when to trust your gut and when to trust your head, and thus I put off reading it. But Thinking, Fast and Slow is nothing of the sort. As I finally discovered when the book was gifted to me (the ecstatic blurbs in the front pages were the first clue), this book is the summary of Daniel Kahneman’s study of cognitiv
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
What a monstrous chore to read! I've been working on this book since September or August (4-6 months) and just could not take reading it for more than a few minutes at a time. Many times did it put me to sleep.

The book covered a lot of great material and really fascinating research, but oftentimes in such plodding, pedantic, meticulous detail as to nearly obfuscate the point. I have heard of the majority of the research (or at least their conclusions) as well, so while I thought it offered exce
Jeff Raymond
Jan 20, 2012 marked it as unfinished-reads
My issue with this book, which is one I've tossed aside after 60 pages, is not so much that it's poorly done or that it's hard to understand - in fact, the exact opposite is true.

The issue is that this book is simply more in depth about psychology and psychological processes than I truly have a short-term interest in. This is more the type of book you keep near your desk or bedside, read a 12 page chapter or so, and digest. This may be a book I need to own and do that with as opposed to tear thr
Michael Perkins
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How our brain tricks us into taking stupid risks


Applications of the behavioral economic precepts of this book to our current economic crisis (2020) by top economist H. Woody Brock....

"One very important form of investor ignorance today concerns the markets view that it is prospects for corporate earnings that will matter most. This is wrong.

What will matter are the collapse in profits and survivability of millions of privately
Elyse  Walters
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reading "Thinking, Fast, and Slow", ....(book choice for this month's local book club),
was not exactly bedtime reading for me.

I had already pre- judged it before I started reading... ( certain I would discover I'm a FAST
INTUITIVE - type thinker ... ( quick, often influenced by emotion). Once in awhile I use
basic common sense - logic --(not often)--
just being honest! I rather trust my gut!

I understand this is an intellectual -giant- of - a -book about "How we think".
"Thinking deeply about ho
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Interesting book about how the mind works, errors in judgement and memory and what to do to not fall prey to our minds` shortcuts (literally).
Take home messages: Quick thinking and multitasking increases error rate. For the mind to comprehend something; it must be relative. Focusing on what we want is very important. What we assume as making a logical decision may just be misjudgment under influence.

Very entertaining book and teaches one a lot about oneself`s own mind.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A long book that requires real mental exertion, Thinking, Fast and Slow is a worthwhile read by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman. It delves into the two complex systems of the mind. System 1 is impulsive, emotional, and often led astray, while System 2 is rational, thoughtful, and takes more time to makes decisions. He analyzes how humans use (and sometimes fail to use) both systems, and the resulting implications on topics ranging from how we perceive happiness to behavioral economics.

Thinking, F
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mr. Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner, explores the general subject of how and why we frequently make irrational decisions. We've all seen articles over the years on various aspects of this phenomenon, but I venture to say that never before have the various aspects and permutations been explored in this depth and specificity. Mr. Kahneman has spent much of his life researching the subject, and since the book includes both his research and that of others, it must stand as the definitive compendium ...more
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Excellent book that should be of interest to those interested in Julian Jaynes's ideas on consciousness. This book could probably have been titled Thinking Non-Consciously and Consciously. ...more
Andrej Karpathy
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I could not bring myself to finish this book. The book is filled with shady experiments on undergraduates and psychology grad students and wild extrapolations of the associated results. I find it exceedingly difficult to take many of the conclusions seriously. I can't read into them. I can't trust them. I can't base my decisions on them and I resist incorporating them into my world view with anything more than 0.01 weight. In fact, several of the experiments that this book mentions were also fou ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't felt so stimulated to re-think my thinking ever since I encountered Edward de Bono's books a dozen years ago.

A text like this is especially instructive when you consider yourself an "outside-the-norm" person; it comes and beats you with a vengeance, time and again, as you try the mental problems inside for yourself--and fail and fail and fail. A lesson in humility, indeed. :)

I was particularly happy to find out:

- why a single quarrel can ruin a friendship of many years

- what is the ra
Yousif Al Zeera
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
One of the best books I have ever read in my life (if not the best). It lays the foundation to unbiased approach to thinking. You need to have a look at how cognitive biases limits your thinking big time.
Morgan Blackledge
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the greatest, most important, most gut wrenchingly boring books ever written by a human psychologist. Reading this book is like vitamins smell.
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you had told me that I would not only read but pretty much enjoy a 400+ page book written by a man who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, I would have said you don't (virtually) know me so well.

If you had told me that said book included its share of probabilities and statistics, I would have said you're probably crazy if you think I'll enter at the beginning and exit at the end, vs. taking the Rosie Ruiz shortcut called "Abandoned Avenue" somewhere along the marathon way.

But here I am
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Daniel Kahneman (Hebrew: דניאל כהנמן‎ (born 5 March 1934) is an Israeli-American psychologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, notable for his work on behavioral finance and hedonic psychology.

With Amos Tversky and others, Kahneman established a cognitive basis for common human errors using heuristics and biases (Kahneman & Tversky, 1973, Kahneman, S

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