Thinking, Fast and Slow

Version: Unabridged
Author: Daniel Kahneman
Narrator: Patrick Egan
Genres: Non-Fiction, Psychology
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: October 2011
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

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.

Includes a bonus PDF of illustrations, scientific charts, graphs, and diagrams

Reviews (10)

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Written by Alice C. on October 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book! Very long, but just the right audioread for long driving trips.

Written by Ezri S. on May 28th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The behavior of people and the nature of numbers illustrated in a contemporary example of nation building...

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Written by Maaz B. on November 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent book to excel your decision making skills, systematically understand and eradicate bias of almost every type, and full of facts, figures as well as research references. The book starts up by defining the storage & processing cache of brain, i.e. System 1 as well as the deep processing & storage mechanism i.e. System 2, and formulates the basis of bias by explaining the errors each of these logical brain part makes. The bias, or the systematic errors one makes, has profound impacts on our personalities as it finds a share in our decision making, comparing skills, and use of logic over intuition. The author analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of both intuition endorsing system 1 as well as logically calculating system 2 of one's mind throughout the book.

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Written by C R on September 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very good and very interesting book. Potentially too long, but extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Will change the way you think about thinking!

Written by Rod D on September 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The best book I read in years . Great stories and examples that you can relate to real life situations.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Written by Ben Walden on March 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A fascinating book and very well narrated. I highly recommend this. Many interesting examples and stories that relate to the way people think in everyday life. I have listened to the book several times and keep a hard copy for reference. The author and his partner Amos Tversky were a brilliant team.

Written by Kathleen Loucks on February 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A long audiobook but well done with lots of examples and I especially like the way he ended the book with various studies and how they could be interpreted in many ways. I think everyone should know the material from this book.

Written by Nikolai Kovarski on June 10th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is absolutely essential book for anyone interested in how our brain operates and how we make decisions. Perhaps the best book on this topic.

Written by Scott Mack on August 20th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding book - well written and thought provoking

Written by Joshua Monroe on March 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very insightful for anyone who has or is studying psychology.

Author Details

Author Details

Kahneman, Daniel

Daniel Kahneman is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and a professor of public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his pioneering work with Amos Tversky on decision-making.