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Best Books of the Month, NovemberDrawing on decades of research in psychology that resulted in a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman takes readers on an exploration of what influences thought example by example, sometimes with unlikely word pairs like vomit and banana Systemand System , the fast and slow types of thinking, become characters that illustrate the psychology behind things we think we understand but really dont, such as intuition Kahnemans transparent and careful treatment of his subject has the potential to change how we think, not just about thinking, but about how we live our lives Thinking, Fast and Slow gives deep and sometimes frightening insight about what goes on inside our heads the psychological basis for reactions, judgments, recognition, choices, conclusions, and muchJoVon SotakThere have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman s Thinking, Fast and SlowKahneman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, distils a lifetime of research into an encyclopedic coverage of both the surprising miracles and the equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking He achieves an even greater miracle by weaving his insights into an engaging narrative that is compulsively readable from beginning to end My main problem in doing this review was preventing family members and friends from stealing my copy of the book to read it for themselvesthis is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read William Easterly Financial Times Absorbing, intriguingBy making us aware of our minds tricks, Kahneman hopes to inspire individuals and organisations to identify strategies to outwit them Jenni Russell Sunday Times ProfoundAs Copernicus removed the Earth from the centre of the universe and Darwin knocked humans off their biological perch, Mr Kahneman has shown that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be The Economist Thinking, Fast and Slow is wonderful, of course To anyone with the slightest interest in the workings of his own mind, it is so rich and fascinating that any summary would seem absurd Michael Lewis Vanity Fair It is an astonishingly rich book lucid, profound, full of intellectual surprises and self help value It is consistently entertaining and frequently touching, especially when Kahneman is recounting his collaboration with TverskySo impressive is its vision of flawed human reason that the New York Times columnist David Brooks recently declared that Kahneman and Tversky s work will be remembered hundreds of years from now, and that it is a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves They are, Brooks said, like the Lewis and Clark of the mindBy the time I got to the end of Thinking, Fast and Slow, my skeptical frown had long since given way to a grin of intellectual satisfaction Appraising the book by the peak end rule, I overconfidently urge everyone to buy and read it But for those who are merely interested in Kahenman s takeaway on the Malcolm Gladwell question it is this If you ve had , hours of training in a predictable, rapid feedback environment chess, firefighting, anesthesiology then blink In all other cases, think The New York Times Book Review Kahneman s disarmingly simple experiments have profoundly changed the way that we think about thinkingWe like to see ourselves as a Promethean species, uniquely endowed with the gift of reason But Mr Kahneman s simple experiments reveal a very different mind, stuffed full of habits that, in most situations, lead us astray Jonah Lehrer The Wall Street Journal This is a landmark book in social thought, in the same league as The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan Daniel Kahneman is among the most influential psychologists in history and certainly the most important psychologist alive todayThe appearance of Thinking, Fast and Slow is a major event Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct Daniel Kahneman is one of the most original and interesting thinkers of our time There may be no other person on the planet who better understands how and why we make the choices we make In this absolutely amazing book, he shares a lifetime s worth of wisdom presented in a manner that is simple and engaging, but nonetheless stunningly profound This book is a must read for anyone with a curious mind Steven D Levitt, co author of Freakonomics This book is a tour de force by an intellectual giant it is readable, wise, and deep Buy it fast Read it slowly and repeatedly It will change the way you think, on the job, about the world, and in your own life Richard Thaler, co author of Nudge A tour de force of psychological insight, research explication and compelling narrative that brings together in one volume the high points of Mr Kahneman s notable contributions, over five decades, to the study of human judgment, decision making and choiceThanks to the elegance and force of his ideas, and the robustness of the evidence he offers for them, he has helped us to a new understanding of our divided minds and our whole selves Christoper F Chabris The Wall Street Journal Thinking, Fast and Slow is a masterpiece a brilliant and engaging intellectual saga by one of the greatest psychologists and deepest thinkers of our time Kahneman should be parking a Pulitzer next to his Nobel Prize Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness , host of the award winning PBS television series This Emotional Life A major intellectual eventThe work of Kahneman and Tversky was a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves David Brooks The New York Times Kahneman provides a detailed, yet accessible, description of the psychological mechanisms involved in making decisions Jacek Debiec Nature This book is one of the few that must be counted as mandatory reading for anyone interested in the Internet, even though it doesn t claim to be about that Before computer networking got cheap and ubiquitous, the sheer inefficiency of communication dampened the effects of the quirks of human psychology on macro scale events NoWe must now confront how we really are in order to make sense of our world and not screw it up Daniel Kahneman has discovered a path to make it possible Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget For anyone interested in economics, cognitive science, psychology, and, in short, human behavior, this is the book of the year Before Malcolm Gladwell and Freakonomics, there was Daniel Kahneman who invented the field of behavior economics, won a Nobeland now explains how we think and make choices Here s an easy choice read this The Daily Beast I will never think about thinking quite the same Thinking, Fast and Slow is a monumental achievement Roger Lowenstein Bloomberg Businessweek A terrific unpicking of human rationality and irrationality could hardly have been published at a better moment Kahnemann is the godfather of behavioural economics, and this distillation of a lifetime s thinking about why we make bad decisions about everything from money to love is full of brilliant anecdote and wisdom It is Kahnemann s belief that anyone who thinks they know exactly what is going on hasn t understood the question as such it s the perfect gift for opinionated family members everywhere Tim Adams Observer Books of the Year The book I most want to be given is Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman I m a speedy thinker myself, so am hoping to be endorsed in that practice Sally Vickers Observer Books of the Year In this comprehensive presentation of a life s work, the world s most influential psychologist demonstrates that irrationality is in our bones, and we are not necessarily the worse for itBest Books ofNew York Times Selected by the New York Times as one of theNotable Books ofNew York Times


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