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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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Kahneman wrote a brilliant book about the ideas of contemporary cognitive psychology that detail how real humans systematically differ from perfectly rational. What I hadn't realized until I read this book was how much of this work had been done by Kahneman, mostly with the late Tversky, e.g., the classic question about Linda where you give people additional but stereotypical constraints on her job, and they report it to be more likely. (She is deemed more likely to be a banker and a feminist than to be a banker.)

The title refers to the distinction that gets the most ink in the book--the distinction between the automatic work of System 1 (e.g., reading a word in large type, adding 2 + 3, driving a car for an experienced driver in normal driving conditions) and the effortful work of System 2.

There is also discussion of behavioral economics, which I hadn't realized Kahneman had founded, and of the distinction between the experiencing and the remembering selves, which have some systematic differences.

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