Thinking, fast and slow

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English language

Published Aug. 1, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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978-0-374-27563-1
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4 stars (145 reviews)

Kahneman introduces two modes of thought - system 1, fast and intuitive, and system 2, slow and reasoned - and explores how these modes effect behavior, particularly judgement and decision making.

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Review of 'Thinking, fast and slow' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

J'avais entendu parler à plusieurs reprises, toujours de façon positive, de ce livre de Daniel Kahneman. J'ai fini par me laisser tenter et je viens de le lire.

Dans ce long essai, l'auteur expose le fruit de ses longues années de recherche en psychologie, autour du thème de la prise de décision. Son propos s'articule autour de la distinction entre deux "systèmes", deux modalités de décision dans notre cerveau :

Le Système 1 est intuitif, rapide, mais soumis à des biais, des stéréotypes, des approximations, influençable par les circonstances, et donc capable d'erreurs de jugement.

Le Système 2 est analytique, précis, mais plus lent et parfois "paresseux" quand il valide les intuitions du Système 1 sans procéder à une analyse plus détaillée.

L'auteur détaille évidemment les caractéristiques de ces deux systèmes, sur le mode de fonctionnement, les avantages et les inconvénients de chacun. Il approfondit ensuite en exposant longuement les …

Review of '[CD] Thinking, Fast and Slow By Kahneman, Daniel' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Shortly after I started reading this book I read an article on taking smart notes and so I naturally applied it for recording interesting quotes and tidbits from this book. Following is not even close to all of my notes, but more their condensed summary.

I no longer remember why exactly I added the book to my reading list. It's in one of my self-improvement drawer. And in that regard I think I will have a hard time practically using things I learned from this book. As even the author himself noted - even decades of studying this field has not helped his intuition too much. There are several reasons for this - most notably that the errors in our judgement often come from "System 1" in our head - the intuitive, quick associative memory that mostly runs amok and makes split-second decisions throughout our lives. The slower, logical part …

Review of '[CD] Thinking, Fast and Slow By Kahneman, Daniel' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

My husband loved this book, and he is been constantly encouraging me to read it. I started in 2013, but I read the whole thing now.
. It is a good book, categorizing thought processes in two categories: category one (fast thinking), and category two (low [and deliberate]) thinking. It describes both methods in a clear and instinctive way, and and has caused me to pause. It suggests that, rather than reacting instinctively and "fast", In the sometimes worthwhile to allow the brain to remind you to actually consider; and may be worth the time and effort.
My only PERSONAL complaint is the huge number of examples. I suppose that most people may appreciate them, but being a mathematician and scientist, , having spelled out for the reader each possible situation were actually thinking and doing the mathematical equations is useful is kind of overkill! But again, the actual examples …

Review of '[CD] Thinking, Fast and Slow By Kahneman, Daniel' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Intriguing and Thought Provoking Study of How We Think

This is perhaps the best synthesis of current psychological research on decision making, cognitive biases, and human “systems” that control patterns of thought. The author was the co-creator of “prospect theory” which significantly challenged the rational-actor theory of economics and brought into fruition the field of behavioral economics. Great read, but one which must be slowly digested.

Review of 'Thinking, fast and slow' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

The author suggests that we consist of two systems. System 1 and System 2. System 1 is fast and System 2 is slow. We always use System 1 and sometimes System 2. Why? System 2 is lazy. System 2 is "rational". Not everyone likes to think harder about the problem. If something is not so important for us, then we just use System 1; it is just our "experience". I would compare this system to "pattern recognition", it is fast, but that's it. Sometimes we need to go deeper, so System 2 is needed. This system is more "rational".
We also consist of two selves: the remembering self and the experiencing self. The remembering self does the living and the experiencing self keeps score and makes the choices. In most experiments, we neglect the duration of an event. We remember peak moments and the end of the event.
We are …

Review of 'Thinking, fast and slow' on 'GoodReads'

3 stars

A run-down of the psychology of action from one of the leading experts in the field. Nice flow throughout this book. Although some of the experimentation was dubious, the gist - why we act the way we act, impulsively or methodically - was well explored and the interactivity of puzzles in the book was entertaining (sometimes patronising). Worth a read.

Review of 'Thinking, fast and slow' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

This is my second reading of this book. I expect I’ll read it again a few more times.
It is useful to anyone who can follow some basic scientific reasoning (simple statistics, using only basic arithmetic and reports of experiments).
It remains useful even if you have more advanced statistical, psychological and economic knowledge because one of its aims is to show you how many humans, even experts, engage their fast, heuristic reasoning unless something triggers their slow, logical reasoning, and the fast process is subject to illusions similar to optical illusions. These leave us feeling certain of something that is wrong. Just as with many optical illusions, even when we know that things are not as they seem, the heuristic illusions remain in spite of our "slow thinking" knowledge.
If you read this book, you will have a significant set of new thinking tools and, although you will still …

Review of 'Thinking, fast and slow' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a great book. It had very accessible language, but it was very long. I read this over the course of about three months. I found it pretty easy to pick up again after putting it down for a while. I do wish there was a summarized take-away somewhere.

My primary somewhat-reading-between-the-lines take away: humans are not rational agents and we should consider that fact when evaluate hard human topics like accountability, freedom, fairness, justice, and equality.

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Subjects

  • Intuition
  • Thought and thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Decision making

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