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  • Written by: Daniel Kahneman
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  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (838 ratings)

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Written by: Daniel Kahneman
Narrated by: Patrick Egan
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Publisher's Summary

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking.

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.

Kahneman's singularly influential work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives - and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

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What the critics say

“A tour de force... Kahneman’s book is a must read for anyone interested in either human behavior or investing. He clearly shows that while we like to think of ourselves as rational in our decision making, the truth is we are subject to many biases. At least being aware of them will give you a better chance of avoiding them, or at least making fewer of them.” (Larry Swedroe, CBS News)

“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)

“[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)

Editorial Review

What if you could tap into your own mind to understand how you think and make choices? The potential benefits could be limitless. Psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman has won a Nobel Prize for exactly that and now, you can listen to what he has to say.

His bestselling work Thinking, Fast and Slow summarizes decades of research on the two thinking processes which govern the human mind: fast and slow. In this audiobook, Kahneman skillfully addresses the subjects of heuristics and biases, overconfidence in human judgement, the process of logic and how we make choices, to name a few. Not only is this an occasion for introspection and self-development, but his research has revolutionized the field of cognitive science and the repercussions of his thesis span from behavioural economics to medicine.

Listen very carefully to Patrick Egan’s narration, as this audiobook is packed with valuable information. Thanks to his steady pace and confident tone, listeners will be able to follow Kahneman’s intricate theories on higher thinking. In addition to his impressive credentials in education, Kahneman has been named by magazines such as Foreign Policy and The Economist as one of the world’s most influential thinkers and economists. His book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, has received awards from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Globe and Mail.

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Dense but worth it

Certainly not a casual listen, but this is an illuminating work, and well worth the effort.

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Wow

Not an easy read, but life-changing. You will never think about people or about thinking the same way after this book. Just amazing.

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Eye Opening!

I commute almost 40-50 hours per month, this book was genuinely enjoyable and a lot of "neat" things were discussed. #Audible1

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A view of the mind from a professional

This was not what I had expected it to be. picked it up because it was referanced multiple times in a previous book. It is very academic in is wording however is sheds alot of light into the human mind in regard to the conscious and unconscious we make every day with the information presented. I would reccomend it as a solid fundamental text to improve your abilities to negotiate, market, or sell an item.

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Long, packed full of information and worth it

I loved this book. it is full of many fantastic research-based insights that can be applied to daily life in multiple arenas. I gave it a four because the book holds a lot of information which would be easier to digest with the help of the many visual aides included in the text. unfortunately it was not easy to access these in an audio book format and I had to go back a few times to listen and really solidify my understanding of certain concepts. the narrator's voice was a bit tough to get used to at first but by the end I appreciated his narration. I have to stress that the content is excellent and I only gave this a 4 because the content is harder to digest in an audio format.

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Information heavy but very good

This is a great place to start if you want to understand human thinking and how that applies to the world

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amazing must-read for humans, might wanna look at actual pages for some of the tables/figures etc.

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Excellent

A text book delivered like a story with some funny twists. All backed up by scientific research and logic. On some items the author is not shy talking about his critiques and present their perspective. A bit heavy on the scientific side in parts, making it a harder listen, whereas it would have been easier to follow numbers and stats on a printed page.

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Good book but longer than necessary

I enjoyed this book but found it to be very repetitive. I liked that he cited many research studies to support his theories and provided many real world examples.

More editing would have greatly improved the reader’s experience.

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How we don't fall more often?

Listening to this I wondered how is it that we have accomplished anything if our reasoning is that faulty. I don't question the research but if this is true then most of the research that we read is either wrong or right by accident. I wonder if there is more at play. In any event, I highly this recommend book. It has made me think twice before believing anything I read. The only reason for giving it four stars is because there are so many tables, exercises and illustrations that you're better off getting the print or kindle version.

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