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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We all like to believe we base our decisions on reason rather than a rush to judgment. But according to Nobel Prize–winning researcher Daniel Kahneman, we all tend to do the latter. Fortunately, knowing about this tendency helps us correct it. Thinking, Fast and Slow explores the relationship between our intuitive mind—which moves quickly but is prone to unconscious biases and logical fallacies—and our analytical mind, which is far more difficult to engage, but more often leads us to the correct answer. Actor Patrick Egan relates Kahneman’s findings in a smooth, even voice that doesn’t get in the way of the heady ideas being presented, making this audiobook easy to listen to—and relisten to—for long, undisturbed stretches.