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      The godfather of behavioural science . . . Kahneman’s steely analysis of the human mind and its many flaws remains perhaps the most useful guide to remaining sane and steady — Josh Glancy ― The Sunday Times

      There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow.Kahneman, 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 themselves…this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read — William Easterly ― Financial Times

      Absorbing, intriguing…By making us aware of our minds’ tricks, Kahneman hopes to inspire individuals and organisations to identify strategies to outwit them — Jenni Russell ― Sunday Times

      Profound . . . As 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 Tversky . . . So 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 mind’ . . . By 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 10,000 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 thinking . . . We 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 Smithand 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 today…The 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 choice . . . Thanks 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 event . . . The 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. No more. We 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 Nobel…and 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 it — 10 Best Books of 2011 ― New York Times

      Selected by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011 ― New York Times

      About the Author

      Daniel Kahneman is a Senior Scholar at Princeton University, and Emeritus Professor of Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002.

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      Dimensions 12.9 × 3.06 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Penguin Books Ltd (1 January 2015)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 512 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 0141033576

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-0141033570

      Reading age ‏

      ‎ Customer suggested age

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 350 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.06 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ United Kingdom


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      8 reviews for Thinking, Fast & Slow (L) Paperback – 1 January 2015 by Daniel Kahneman (Author)

      1. Akki

        I kind of want to cut this book in half, praise the first part, and stick the second part in some corner to gather dust. Not that the second part is bad, mind you; the entire book is well-written and obviously the product of someone who knows their field. There’s just a lot of it. Thinking, Fast and Slow is kind of like a guest who shows up to your party and then dazzles everyone with an impromptu, 15-minute oration on the geopolitical situation in South Ossetia; and, everyone applauds and turns to go back to their own conversations, only for the guest to launch into another story about the time they parachuted into the Balkans to break up a nascent civil war, a story which is followed quickly by a similar tale of a visit to Southeast Asia…. Well, I think you catch my drift. Daniel Kahneman spins an interesting tale of human psychology and the way our brains interpret and act on data. But the book overstays its welcome by a few hundred pages.Kahneman’s thesis breaks our decision-making systems into two pieces, System 1 and System 2, which are the respective “fast” and “slow” of the title. System 1 provides intuitive judgements based on stimulus we might not even be conscious of receiving; it’s the snap signals that we might not even know we are acting upon. System 2 is the more contemplative, cognitively taxing counterpart that we engage for serious mental exertion. Though often oppositional in the types of decisions they produce, Kahneman is keen to emphasize that it’s not about System 1 versus System 2. Instead, he’s out to educate us about how the interplay between these systems causes us to make decisions that aren’t always rational or sensible given the statistics and evidence at hand.Kahneman takes us through an exhaustive tour of biases and fallacies people are prone to making. He talks about the halo effect, affection bias, confirmation bias, and even regression to the mean. As a mathematician, I liked his angle on probability and statistics; as a logician, I appreciated his brief segues into the logical aspects of our contradictory decision-making processes. Lest I give the impression Kahneman gets too technical, however, I should emphasize that, despite its length, Thinking, Fast and Slow remains aggressively accessible. There are a few points where, if you don’t have a basic grasp of probability (and if Kahneman demonstrates anything, it’s that most people don’t), then you might feel talked over (or maybe it’s those less-than-infrequent, casual mentions of “and later I won a Nobel Prize”). But this book isn’t so much about science as it is about people.There are two other things I really appreciated about this book, both of which are related to psychology. I’m a fairly easygoing person, and I don’t always like to make waves, but sometimes I like to make some trouble and argue with some of my friends about whether psychology is a science. The problem for psychology is that it’s actually a rather broad term for a series of overlapping fields of investigation into human behaviour. On one end of this continuum, you have Freud and Jung and the various psychoanalysts who, let’s face it, are one step up from astrologers and palm-readers. On the other end, you have the cutting-edge cognitive psychology informed by the neuroscience of MRIs, split-brain studies, and rat research. So claiming that psychology is or isn’t a science is a little simplistic, and I’m willing to grant that there are areas within psychology that are science. For what it’s worth, Kahneman went a long way to reinforcing this: it’s clear he and his collaborators have done decades of extensive research. (Now, yes, it’s social science, but I won’t get into that particular snobbery today.)The other thing I liked about Thinking, Fast and Slow is its failure to mention evolutionary psychology. Once in a while, Kahneman alludes to System 1’s behaviour being the result of evolutionary adaptation—and that’s fine, because it is true, almost tautologically so. But he never quite delves into speculation about why such behaviour evolved, and I appreciate this. There’s a difference between identifying something as an adaptation and determining why it’s an adaptation, and I’m not a fan of evolutionary psychologists’ attempts to reduce everything to the trauma of trading trees for bipedalism … I’m willing to admit I have an ape brain, but culture must count for something, hmm?I suppose it’s also worth mentioning that this book reaffirms my supercilious disregard for economics. According to Kahneman, stock brokers and investors have no idea what they are doing—and some of them know this, but most of them don’t. Economists are, for the most part, highly-trained, but they seem bent upon sustaining this theoretical fantasy land in which humans are rational creatures. Aristotle aside, the data seem to say it isn’t so. I occasionally try my hand at reading books about the economy, just so I can say I did, but they usually end up going over my head. I’m a mathematician and I don’t get numbers—but at least I’m not the only one.So Thinking, Fast and Slow is genuinely interesting. I learned a lot from it. I would rate it higher, but I was starting to flag as I approached the finish line. Truth be told, I skipped the two articles Kahneman includes at the end that were the original publications about the theories he explains in the book. I’m sure they are fascinating for someone with more stamina, but at that point I just wanted to be done. That’s never good: one of the responsibilities of a non-fiction author is to know how to pace a book and keep its length appropriate. Too short and the book is unsatisfying—too long, and maybe it’s more so. And I think this flaw is entirely avoidable; it’s a result of Kahneman’s tendency to reiterate, to circle back around to the same discussions over and over again. He spends an entire chapter on prospect theory, then a few chapters later he’s telling us about its genesis all over again, just from a slightly different angle. Like that party guest, Kahneman is full of interesting stories, but after telling one after another for such a long period of time, it starts sounding like white noise. And he ate all those little cocktail snacks too.I inevitably ended up comparing Thinking, Fast and Slow to How We Decide, a much slimmer volume along much the same lines as this one. Whereas Lehrer’s focus is on the neurology behind decision-making, Kahneman is more interested in psychology. Both books boil down to we suck at automatic decision-making when statistics are involved; therefore, we behave less rationally than we believe we do. Lehrer explains why things go wrong, and Kahneman categorizes all the different way things go wrong. In many ways the books are complementary, and if this is an area of interest for you, I’ll recommend them both. For the casual reader, however, Thinking, Fast and Slow is a rather dense meal. By all means, give it a try, but take it slow.

      2. J.k

        “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman is a groundbreaking exploration of the mind’s two systems and how they shape our judgments and decisions. It delves into the biases and heuristics that influence human thinking, offering valuable insights into cognitive psychology. The book is widely praised for its accessible explanations of complex concepts, making it a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the intricacies of human thought processes and decision-making.

      3. prasad nidhane

        “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman is a thought-provoking masterpiece that explores the intricacies of human cognition and decision-making. It’s a book that challenges your perspective, making you reevaluate the way you think and make choices. 📚💭🧠✅ Deep Insight: Kahneman, a Nobel laureate in economics, presents a profound exploration of two systems of thinking – the fast and intuitive System 1 and the slow and deliberate System 2 – shedding light on how they shape our judgments and decisions.✅ Engaging Writing: Despite the complexity of the subject matter, Kahneman’s writing is engaging and accessible, making intricate concepts understandable to a wide range of readers.✅ Practical Applications: The book is filled with practical insights that can be applied to various aspects of life, from personal finance and decision-making to understanding biases and improving critical thinking.✅ Illuminating Experiments: Kahneman shares fascinating experiments and real-world examples that illustrate the principles he discusses, making the content relatable and memorable.✅ Profound Impact: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” has the potential to change the way you perceive the world, providing tools to navigate the complexities of human thought and behavior.One consideration is that the book requires careful reading and reflection due to its depth. It’s not a quick read, but the investment in time is well worth it.In conclusion, “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the workings of the human mind. It’s a mind-expanding journey into the fascinating realm of decision-making, biases, and rationality. This book equips you with valuable insights that can improve your decision-making abilities and enhance your understanding of the world around you. Prepare to be enlightened and challenged by this extraordinary work. 🌟📚💡💭

      4. Anshu Rai

        Undoubtedly, it is one of the best books that I have ever read. It is not filled with some motivational words, or with any tips, tricks and hacks to productivity, instead it’s a book by a Nobel Laureate filled with knowledge that is entirely backed by experiments, surveys and research papers.The Downsides:The only downsides for me was the length of the book and the language. Though the author has tried his best to make it easier to read and understand but there were parts where I felt it got too academic to me and hence, I found it too difficult to concentrate.Apart from it, the coherence in the ideas of the book was something I felt was missing. The initial chapters were well connected and were creating a coherent story but as the book progressed there were times when I found the previous chapter is not the right link to the present chapter.The Upsides:Keeping these subjective flaws aside, this book was a game changer for me. As it gives a glimpse into human psychology, not some gimmicky kind of but one based on the papers, research and more.This book beautifully explained the decision making concepts, happiness concept by making a distinction of two fictional selves in the brain viz experienced self, and remembering self Further, it helped in understanding the concept of rationality that I have never known of before.Concluding:I usually complete a book within 10 days, and 20 days is the maximum that I have spent on any non fiction book. However, Thinking, Fast and Slow took me an entire duration of two months. I started this book in October, and I completed it on 2nd January, 2023.It’s not just the whopping 420 pages that took more time but understanding each page, inculcation of knowledge of each word was a task in itself. This book has knowledge that at least my mind took time to digest. In one sitting, at max, I read 10 pages because these 10 pages were packed with research, and knowledge that a self help productivity book would have provided.Though it took time, this book was a pleasure to read. It taught me patience, it taught me how to take it slow, as I didn’t want to miss any concept. I taught the power of slow thinking and the infinite powers of my brains fast thinking process. Learnt about decision making, happiness, risks, and more.I would recommend you to read it only if you have the patience to read and understand it and if you are up for something a little more challenging.

      5. Tanya

        Book cover was properIts a long and deep read- Ve points- Some ideas are not truly verified and statements are made on causation

      6. Pranab Kumar

        While reading the 1st part itself, I found that writer mentioned any third party as “He” not “He or She” or “S/he”. Male bias.Rest, the book is a new insight after long research. Excellent book to mankind!!!

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        Pages appeared to be of a new bookFonts are small but comfortable to readSpine is well bindedCover can be better in qualityRecommended if you want to own.

      8. R. Atreya

        This books is possibly a hidden experiment by the author to stress-test your system 2 as he teaches you about it.

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