Shortlisted for: International Author of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman's pioneering work that tackles questions of intuition and rationality. Read by the actor Patrick Egan.
Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.
In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. The importance of properly framing risks, the effects of cognitive biases on how we view others, the dangers of prediction, the right ways to develop skills, the pros and cons of fear and optimism, the difference between our experience and memory of events, the real components of happiness-each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.
Drawing on a lifetime's experimental experience, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our professional and our personal lives-and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you take decisions and experience the world.
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"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)
If you enjoyed works on behavourial economics such as 'Nudge' then you should listen to this. Daniel Kahneman is the godfather of the discipline and you get a nobel laureate giving you a comprehensive and fairly user friendly account of his pioneering work in this fascinating area. I only gave it four stars because i found it hard to follow when listening to it. He references PDFs which i think come with the download but i didn't have in front of me when walking the dog, and I ended up having to rewind to try and understand the bits i didn't understand, mostly giving up and going with the flow (ah, system one). I'll probably end up buying the book to go back over it, but i'm glad i downloaded it as otherwise i would never have read it. Recommended but be prepared to concentrate if you want to really understand it.
Who am I to say this noble laureate is brilliant, but I'll chuck in my two pennyworth anyway. Kahneman shows you how you think and how easy it is to be deluded and misled by the way your brain just happens to work. Some of the book is quite hard work, and sometimes it is a bit slow reading (laboured points), but the content is fascinating and also important. It will probably change how you think, view and live your life, which is quite something for a mere book.
An excellent book, very well read. The source document for many other snippety books on similar subjects, this book delves a bit deeper and gives a more complete account of how we think, how we unconsciously apply biases and the impact of luck on performance. An ear-opener in many ways from a Nobel prizewinner with decades of examples to give and some nice personal stories. Can't recommend highly enough.
This is a fascinating book - outlining key research areas in the psychology of decision making. It also does a very good job explaining clearly the fundamentals of statistics in research - I wish it had been available when I was doing my psychology degree! BUT - it is a difficult book to digest in audiobook format. There are lots of references to the PDFs (difficult to refer to when driving!) and there are a lot of "lists" which you have to hold in your head whilst the theory is explained. It would be much easier to digest in traditional paper format.
It is not often I would describe a book as 'priceless' but Thinking, Fast and Slow definotely warrants such praise, at least from this corner of the World.
The narration was excellent - I often forgot I wasn't actually listening to Daniel Kahneman (the author) personally as the delivery was faultless.
The subject matter however was exemplary! I have always had a healthy interest in both my own decision making process and needed to understand it, from a business perspective, in others.
Often however, such learning can be quite dry but not in this instance.
The exercises provided - many instantly available to grasp by just listening, some needing you to access accompanying documents - conveyed the point being made exquisitely.
I'm so thrilled with this book that it has beasily become my No.1 recommendation to like-minded friends and family.
Grab it, enjoy it ... and know yourself, oh so much better!
This is a book that everyone working in spheres concerned with influencing human behaviour, from marketing to politics, should be obliged to read. For many, it will be the first time they’ve had exposure to evidence-based insight into how the mind really makes decisions. But you needn’t be a self-defined expert: anyone who’d like to understand why so many decisions are awful will love this.
If you already know a bit about behavioural economics, there may not be much here that’s a revelation. Kahneman has been publishing since the 1970s, and much of his earlier thinking was brought to life by Stuart Sutherland’s ‘Irrationality – the Enemy Within’ in 1992. More recently and publicly, Kahneman acolytes Sunstein & Thaler cleaned up with ‘Nudge’. I got the impression that maybe this book is the author’s last-gasp effort to cash in his own chips. But that doesn’t take away from this rarity, a popular-science book that’s not self-help drivel but has peer-reviewed experiment running right through it, forming a terrific compendium of insights into how and why our brains routinely screw up.
One word of caution: novices to the area shouldn’t take the System 1/2 model as gospel. One mental failing Kahneman highlights is ‘What You See Is All There Is’ – in other words, we neglect all accounts but the one we’re being presented with. This book risks providing precisely such a trap. Psychologists have been adept over the decades at devising highly plausible and repeatable models that establish their fame and fortune but turn out to have little scientific grounding. It’s notable that, though neuroscientific experiments have indeed demonstrated how sensory data may be processed in parallel by slower or faster networks, Kahneman mentions surprisingly little such evidence. A complete model might need for example to embrace individual differences in the density of neural connections in the prefrontal cortex: in other words, some of us just think logically a lot more often than others do.
The book in all was very taxing to listen to, I kept nodding of to sleep, A very dull voice indeed.
The whole audio felt like i was reading a thesis rather than learning from a book, not enough cookies in the book to use in the real world.
Absorbingly articulate and infinitely intelligent...Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman postulates a brain governed by two conflicting decision-making processes.
System 1: unconscious system, which makes intuitive flick judgments based on emotion, memory, and hard-wired rules of thumb &
System 2: Conscious System, arduously checks the facts, does the calculations, but tends to be lazy and easily distractible that it usually defers to System 1.
The books chapters are very very well researched and are written in a style that's really easy to read/good to ears.... a very rare combination...Highly recommended.
I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my scientific thinking. That’s why I have an interest in the areas of sociology concerned with decision making in groups and how the individual is influenced by this. And this is also why I have an interest in cognitive biases - intuitive judgments that we make without even noticing; judgments which are just fine most of the time but can be scientifically fallacious. Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, fast and slow” is an excellent introduction to the topic.
Its an interesting read but in places leaves you scratching your head. There are a number of mind puzzles, that simply do not work. I understand the System 1 and System 2 dynamics of understanding things, but the puzzles presented were not great, to say the least.
One which the author continually uses as an example is a bat and ball pricing puzzle. I've asked this puzzle to about 10 people including my 16 year old daughter. Not one person got this wrong, 8 got it right within 2-3 seconds, 2 deferred to answer thinking I was tricking them. Yes - I know mine are not controlled experiments, but I think the text states most people get this wrong, and only 80% of Harvard graduates get it right. hmmmm.
Then, (I wont ruin this) he strings two words together designed to make you you sweat, feel ill and seriously want to cringe, with the same reaction that you get scratching a chalkboard. I won't tell you the words but for me it did nothing. I think if you have kids and tease them like I do, then I use words much worse to tell them what they have for lunch, In fact the two words for me was tame ! I can give him much worse I assure you.
I think a lot of this is written from an American perspective. We have a TV show in the UK called QI, which basically sums up his System1 and System 2 in one episode.
Q> How Many Wifes did Henry VIII have ?
System 1 is Alan Davies saying 6 wifes (followed by a big alarm bell)
System 2 is Stephen Fry explaining he had 2 wifes contrary to popular belief
The show is full of classics like this where the public believe something which is blatantly false which is disproved, like not eating closed mussels. (in fact they are the best ones, not the worst).
Going back to the book, another amazing admission is that the author claims to have go his statistical sampling wrong. Although this is great to hear, and the whole explanation really fascinated me, I then thought, what about his results before this revelation. He never mentions if the core of the work, basically in his early years was then rewritten or accepted with error.
So, in summary, its a fascinating read, but to me there is no science here. Its common sense and the results are dubious based on the statistical errors admitted to.
"An excellent and thorough review of the subject"
This is a fascinating book. This was my first foray into this subject and it had me looking for more books in the same vein. It is content heavy but well written and well narrated. I've just finished listening to it for a second time - what greater recommendation can I give?
The most useful explanation of our problems processing decisions in a rational way. Not a self help book but a text allowing insight and reflection on an individual and organisational basis. Unifies or compliments many of the other books I have read; Dawkins, Haidt, Pinker, Harris, Dennet and Robert Wright. Essential to download PDF file and stop the car if referring to it.
"read this book (not for listenings)"
Audio books are meant to be listened. In your car, while jogging, biking (that's what I do). This book constantly requires you to look at figures in the addendum, worse, some parts go on forever with just numbers, like 99% - value1, 98%, value2, 97% value3. Probably a better read than a listen
"Forging a better thinker"
The performance of Partrick Egan is synchronizes well with the professorial voice in which this book should be read. The content of the book itself is well above par in relation to the average audiobook, with so many key features of human thinking explored and reasoned in an understandable, rational fasion.
Nothing I can think of so far compares to Thinking, Fast and Slow.
My favorite scene was the demonstration of our brain's intuitive weakness and inability to grasp simple puzzles, as demonstrated by the activities in the books.
At a certain point in the book, I truly felt that humans could understand the brain and with enough effort and thinking, make our thoughts better.
Great for anyone who enjoys being correct.
"Brilliant! Should be taught at schools"
It's brilliant - complex concepts explained plainly with detail to underpin the conclusions
There are so many - The power of system 1 - especially that we are blind to our own blindness! That we think we will step in and help a stranger but we won't - that is quite scary.
He gave the book life! I didn't want to stop listening.
How gullible we are … we need to take responsibility for what we accept for truth and what we question - we need to question a lot more!
"Life Changing / Paradox Shifting"
At the start of the book I was disappointed but as soon as I understood where the author is going, I realized that this is no ordinary book.
I'm listening to it again back to back to absorb as much as I can
In detailed examples of mental errors and errors in judgement
First one hour of the book I was completely lost and I didn't know what this book is all about. I thought it is about statistics but then it all switched to all my logic errors.
I don't know if anyone is reading me review but if you are don't miss out on this one.
A book from a winner of a Nobel prize, worth reading (listening to in this case).
No. The content is unorganized and appears to be made in-accessible on purpose.
The narrator made dry content that were poorly organised sound condescending and patronizing.
"Complex yet engaging, worth the time invested."
This is not an audiobook to listen to in the background - best suited for a long rail commute or just some quiet hours over a couple of weeks, the ideas presented deserve your full attention.
Patrick Egan's narration is clear and consistent and serves the tone of the book perfectly. Although the audio refers to data and graphs that may not be readily at hand, it's not totally necessary to view all of the facts and figures to visualise the points being made. The text itself is highly approachable; a mixture of interesting anecdotes and fascinating research.
I highly recommend this ebook if you prefer listening over reading and you have the time to devote to focus entirely on this terrific book.
"Behaviors and choices explained."
Yes. It was a good introduction to various concepts in behavior, psychology, economics and decision-making.
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