Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman
Major New York Times bestsellerWinner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleOne of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Steet Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on many fields—including economics, medicine, and politics—but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research and thinking in one book.In the highly anticipated 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. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 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 behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.


Reviewed: 2020-04-04
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Reviewed: 2017-03-05

One of the most consequential books I have read in a while. Although it's structure won't appeal to those who like scientific findings presented in story-like fashion (i.e., in the style of Malcolm Gladwell or Michael Lewis), the book's message more than makes up for whatever shortfall exists in the presentation. As I see it, the book's message is that there are so many repeated examples of how human's don't behave rationally as to question whether we should trust much of what we or others say or do without first taking the time to fully analyze the facts ourselves. Although I just completed the book, I can already tell it's causing me to think before I speak to a greater extent than before. Likewise, I'm also less prone to accept as truth much of what popular culture and science presents as fact. For someone like me, who tends to place a premium on accuracy, this is an important step forward... especially in a world increasingly inundated with fake news.

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