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Thinking, Fast and Slow. Daniel Kahneman by Daniel Kahneman
Thinking, Fast and Slow. Daniel Kahneman

blueboxconst, August 14, 2012

Great book, very well written, but a difficult read- like eating Russian rye bread. I found myself reading 20 pages, thinking for a day or two, re-reading 10 pages plus 10 new, thinking, re-reading, and so on.

The basic premise is that we have 2 modes of thought- fast, jumping to conclusions, and slow, evaluating the available evidence as rationally as possible. The first is good for avoiding tigers- even if you're wrong 9 times out of 10, that tenth time may save your life- makes all the false alarms worth it. The second is better for issues like global climate change. It's not a common style of thought, but has very important uses. Kahneman does his best to school you in how to use each style appropriately- he doesn't dismiss fast thinking- he sees it as very useful for humans and just tries to put it in its proper place and show you how to recognize and use it effectively

Highly recommended if you're willing to invest some time and mental effort.
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