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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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An absolutely fascinating journey through the scholarly work of a man who has dedicated his life to understanding human decision making. This book is divided into five parts. In part one kahneman lays out his "two system" theory of decision-making - essentially the intuitive mind vs the analytical mind. In part two he delves into common biases and fallacies in thinking including the availability bias and regression to the mean. In part three he spends some time on confidence and expert opinion. In part four he gets into the problems with utility theory and spends a fair amount of time talking about his contributions to prospect theory that attempt to address some of its shortcomings. Finally in the last part he discusses the "two selves" of human experience: the experiential self vs. the remembering self. This part is a little less rigorous than then earlier parts, but like earlier sections it discusses several key experiments that led to his theory and what they mean.

As a previous reviewer mentioned this book sets the backdrop for subjects that have been turned into books in their own right (i.e. Nudge). The broad scope of the material is immense and while the author might be a little dry at times, he more than makes up for it with plenty of descriptions of experiments and explanations of their surprising results.

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Reading Progress

June 9, 2016 – Started Reading
June 9, 2016 – Shelved
June 21, 2016 – Finished Reading

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