Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields-including business, medicine, and politics-but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.
In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness-each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.
Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives-and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.
The author described numerous experimental designs and how researchers came to the conclusion, particularly helpful for people interested in a slightly more in-depth understanding toward how our minds work.
The boundary of certain theories seems vague to me, perhaps partially reflecting the evolving dynamics of we ourselves as observers and subjects at the same time, and partially reflecting the continuum in certain psychological aspects. Overall it is a good book but by no means an easy read....Continua
For those who seek to find a replacement of the rational model of human behaviour, they will be disappointed after reading the book. The Systems 1 and 2 proposition of the Author, as he pointed out himself, is more a thinking tool to help categorizing and understanding the many less than rational behaviours of humans.
Yes, Kahneman broke an old school without erecting a new one, for better.
But this is no small achievement since the old school has for far too long been occupying space in the main street more than it deserves....Continua
As a psychology student, I was fascinated by the scientific experiment the author and other professional have done. The author tried to demonstrate the reality that human is not as rational as the economist suggests.
It inspires me on some area that I need to be aware of when I make my decision. However, some of the concepts are too difficult for me to understand. It takes more time than I expected to finish this book....Continua
At times a bit repetitive, but the central message is inspiring: don't say people are rational or irrational anymore. We all have two systems in us - one fast but relies on fallible heuristics, one slow but more logical and deliberate. It's the interplay between these two systems that define how and what we think. We can't change this, but at least we can be more aware of the limitations of both systems....Continua