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Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Patrick Egan

20 Hours 2 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2011

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The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking.

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.

Kahneman's singularly influential work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives--and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

Includes a bonus PDF of illustrations, scientific charts, graphs, and diagrams

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  • Nikolai Kovarski

    This is absolutely essential book for anyone interested in how our brain operates and how we make decisions. Perhaps the best book on this topic.

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  • Scott Mack

    Outstanding book - well written and thought provoking

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  • Joshua Monroe

    Very insightful for anyone who has or is studying psychology.

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  • John P.

    Great read and exceptionally well-documented. Changed my thinking on economic decision-making.

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  • Thomas Mikkelsen

    An absolute must read for those trying to learn more about human decision making.

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  • Joel S.

    I Love this book! I've read and listened to it a couple of times. The writing is excellent for a science-based book, just the right amount of humor. The narration is also excellent. Though there is not a lot to get "excited" about, the narrator's inflection keeps one interested. If you are interested in the collaboration of intuition and statistically verifiable outcomes, the book is eye-opening. Highly recommended.

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  • Alice C.

    Amazing book! Very long, but just the right audioread for long driving trips.

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  • Ezri S.

    The behavior of people and the nature of numbers illustrated in a contemporary example of nation building...

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  • Maaz B.

    An excellent book to excel your decision making skills, systematically understand and eradicate bias of almost every type, and full of facts, figures as well as research references. The book starts up by defining the storage & processing cache of brain, i.e. System 1 as well as the deep processing & storage mechanism i.e. System 2, and formulates the basis of bias by explaining the errors each of these logical brain part makes. The bias, or the systematic errors one makes, has profound impacts on our personalities as it finds a share in our decision making, comparing skills, and use of logic over intuition. The author analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of both intuition endorsing system 1 as well as logically calculating system 2 of one's mind throughout the book.

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  • C R

    Very good and very interesting book. Potentially too long, but extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Will change the way you think about thinking!

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