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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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really liked it

One of the problems with reading really current books back to back is that they start referencing each other. In this book, the author calls out specific issues with "Good to Great", which I just finished. A good portion of "Thinking, Fast and Slow" deals with logical fallacies that people have. I have to say, if I had the opportunity to get paid to walk around with my friends and argue theoretical philosophy, I would absolutely do it. I was amused by the fact they did this and annoyed that since they agreed, that clearly their answers must be the right ones with everyone else being wrong. On several occasions I got so annoyed I put the book down to call a friend or family member to see what their response to questions posed in the book were because I so vehemently disagreed with the "right" answer.

For example: A well-educated female from a very liberal college graduates in the top 5% of her class. Is she more likely to be:
A. A bank teller
B. A bank teller who is a feminist activist

While I get the author's logical fallacy point that it is less probable for someone to be two things instead of one (like having hair vs. having blonde hair), I argue that someone who is high achieving would only take a job at the level of a bank teller if it were a situation where the day job is funding the real passion.

Overall, I do recommend this book if only for having in-depth discussions about the psychology of choice and identifying when we are making System 1 decisions when we need to be making System 2 decisions.
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Reading Progress

July 2, 2016 – Started Reading
July 2, 2016 – Shelved
July 2, 2016 –
page 125
July 12, 2016 –
page 200
July 17, 2016 –
page 375
July 25, 2016 – Finished Reading

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