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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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The central idea is intriguing and everything up until prospect theory is well-presented both in terms of writing, in terms of the level of explanation and the ratio of theory-to-examples.

From the beginning of the explanation of prospect theory to the very last chapter, a better writer could easily have gotten across the same information in one third of the pagecount.

I would also have liked to see an attempt at a more thorough explanation of the neural mechanics behind the system 1/system 2 distinction and the two selves-phenomenon. As it is presented here, I feel like Kahneman's observations are wrapped in too lose a framework. They make intuitive sense, and especially the exercises at the very beginning serve to cement the idea of a competing system 1 and 2 in the reader's mind, but I would have preferred some reason to espouse this theory that was less subjective.

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July 23, 2015 – Started Reading
July 23, 2015 – Shelved
July 28, 2015 – Finished Reading
December 26, 2015 – Shelved as: nonfiction-philosophy
December 26, 2015 – Shelved as: nonfiction-psychology-neuroscience
December 26, 2015 – Shelved as: nonfiction-economics

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