Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman

In the last few years I have had two books that took me FOREVER to get through. The first was Daniel Dennett’s “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea” and the second is Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” What caused this? What do they have in common? Both books explain, in minute detail, simple concepts with immensely far-reaching implications, and both have been… after the slog… the most intellectually rewarding reading of my adult life.

This book will rearrange the way you think… about how you think.

Kahneman’s discoveries and documentation of mental capacity and biases could form the basis of a “Mental Martial Arts” program: an alternative form of indoctrination, in which students are trained to understand the weaknesses of their brains, and learn to take stances and practices that eliminate or reduce the errors to which these weaknesses can lead.

This is an excellent book about how we think, written by a Nobel-prize-winning economist. Kahneman explains how two “systems” in the mind make decisions. “System 1” is the fast, intuitive aspect of the mind. “System 2” is the slower, logical and reasoning part of the mind. We generally make decisions quickly with the System 1, often because System 2 is simply–lazy. It takes effort to think things out rationally, and our rational minds are not always up to the job.

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