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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, work-reference

Summary: Provocative book that suggests we are far less in control of how we think than we (or at least I) had any idea.

Things I liked:

Lots of evidence and experiments to back up his findings.

Provocative ideas that you can immediately apply to your own experience.

A good overarching model that flows nicely from introduction, body and conclusion. In particular I find a lot of non-fiction books like this that tender to wander or lose the plot in the last third of the length; I was very pleasantly surprised that this book didn't do that.

Things I thought could be improved:

Quite long, it took me a long time to get through it.


Heaps of great 'aha' moments but I think I really liked the section on the experiential self versus remembering self.

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Reading Progress

September 17, 2012 – Started Reading
September 17, 2012 – Shelved
September 17, 2012 –
page 5
1.0% "Just finished the introduction. I'm excited to read the book and enjoy the 'tone' of the author (maybe a bit similar to Paul Culmsee)."
September 19, 2012 –
September 25, 2012 –
16.0% "Still loving this non fiction read. Very confronting to think you're not really in control and that 'you' isn't really 'you' anyways."
October 15, 2012 –
28.0% "Quite a long read but still full of interesting tidbits\n \n Recent fun has been:\n \n Anchoring\n and the ease of recall influencing confidence of reasoning."
November 22, 2012 –
January 16, 2013 –
35.0% "Just got through the section on frequency bias."
January 28, 2013 –
50.0% "Just got through the section on frequency bias."
March 11, 2013 – Finished Reading
June 23, 2013 – Shelved as: nonfiction
August 7, 2016 – Shelved as: work-reference

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