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The topics that Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman addresses are both complex and integral to the human mind: He asks you to think about thinking by considering how your mind habitually contradicts itself, distorts data and misleads you. His prose is lucid, his reasoning rigorous and his honesty refreshing – more than once Kahneman illustrates conflicted thinking with examples from his own life. The result is a fairly slow read, but an ultimately rewarding experience. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone interested in neuroscience and neuroeconomics, and to all those who want to improve their thinking about thinking.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your mind works “fast and slow,”
  • How your “two selves” affect your perspective, and
  • How to think better.
 

About the Author

Daniel Kahneman, a professor emeritus at Princeton and a Nobel laureate in economics, has written extensively on the psychology of judgment and decision making.

 

Summary

Your “Two Systems” and What They Mean
When you have to make sense of something, you think about it. To understand this process, consider a model that says people apply two cognitive systems.

The first is “System 1,” or the mental processing that reads emotions and handles...

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    Eleanor Xu 3 months ago
    It is pretty good
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    null 7 months ago
    Me considero anal´tico,pero somos minoría.L,astima para nuestro pueblo común sometido por demagogos y caudillos, soy de Ecuador
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    Denisha Williams 9 months ago
    This is very interesting read. It starts off slow but it definitely picks up by addressing the different types of cognitive systems; how each system has a distinctive way of thinking. Balance even in the brain.
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    Rainer Gell 9 months ago
    Easy to read and lots of a-ha effects
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    Anonymous 9 months ago
    i struggled to read this summary but its nicely written that made it quite delightful.
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    Ashish Agarwal 9 months ago
    An exquisite model to understand how our cognitive systems work, as would be expected from such a gifted and decorated author.

    Even as this simplified model leaves me impressed, I remain unclear how this knowledge could be effectively used by organizations/ in policy making to improve the overall quality of life for everyone involved or to further enhance the performance of star-performers.
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    Anonymous 9 months ago
    am definitely going to read the whole book .. its lovely
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    Mario Montenegro 9 months ago
    Woow, another great lesson of keeping balance even inside your brain! Great reading #StayOnTrack #getAbstract
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    Şafak Ökmen 9 months ago
    They pronounce 'Kahneman' wrong I believe in the audio.
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    San Yu Aung 10 months ago
    Very Good one
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    Anonymous 12 months ago
    Excellent
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    Anonymous 1 year ago
    This book is very good
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    Anonymous 1 year ago
    Love it. Good and mind-blowing.
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    Ola Hashem 1 year ago
    I bought the book and i find it really useful in the prespective it is giving me and the summary was very helpful since i did not finish the book yet, now i can link things in the book better
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    Matthew Penfold 2 years ago
    Kahneman also features on this podcast - https://soundcloud.com/howtobeamazing/42-daniel-kahneman

    How to be Amazing #42, also available on itunes. It's on my to-listen list, i've just not got to it yet!
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    Rah Talal 2 years ago
    I love the way how professor Kahneman explain the stuff about our mind and thinking....
    I got this book by chance in a visit to my friend Richard


    Now l love it
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    Rah Talal 2 years ago
    I love the way how professor Kahneman explain the stuff about our mind and thinking....
    I got this book by chance in a visit to my friend Richard


    Now l love it
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    Amanda Henderson 2 years ago
    I think I need to read the full book to understand it. That or sit and discuss with someone so I can wrap my head around some of these concepts.
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      Peggy Eyssallenne 2 years ago
      Hi Amanda. I agree - sometimes the full book is needed to full grasp dense concepts such as this. I felt the same way reading the summary. Have you checked out the author's TEDTalk, "The Riddle of Memory VS. Experience" on the getAbstract site? Once i watched the video and re-read this summary, I was able to understand the concepts a bit more and even start to apply it. Good luck!
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    rajiv nayak 2 years ago
    Absorbing exhaustive and good
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    Eloise Lee 2 years ago
    It's mind-blowing. I started to see things differently now and be more aware of my System 1 thinking whenever it takes place! Very well-written book.
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    Khon Sokkhin 3 years ago
    Very useful, thanks
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    Sidnei Shibata 3 years ago
    I am reading this book right now and in spite of the small letters (paperback edition) and the slow reading (System II engaging), it provides interesting examples on how our mind is clouded by rational but not always statistical and appropriate thinking. Definitely a good source of insights for more conscious decision making in all aspects of life.
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    Juan Manuel Clavijo Castillo 3 years ago
    Hard to grasp here the utility of the book in the real life. I will search for more
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      Peggy Eyssallenne 2 years ago
      Hi Juan. I agree. I felt the same way reading the summary. Have you checked out the author's TEDTalk, "The Riddle of Memory VS. Experience" on the getAbstract site? Once i watched the video and re-read this summary, I was able to understand the concepts a bit more. Good luck!
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    Refers Edvervdfv 3 years ago
    Good
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    Sheila Forde 4 years ago
    Good summary of how we think - yes you need to engage system 2 to get the most out of it but that is not to its detriment in any way. As a Learning and Development Professional working with Sales Teams I use some of these ideas to inform my training including training design and more recently helping sales teams understand the power of stories which tap into system one very effectively.
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    alfred lam 5 years ago
    I find this book is quite complicated to read. It requires system 2 to be active most of the time to be able to truly get the most. Fascinating book, though, my system 1 wants the short cut and so a abstract of the best ideas is what I am searching for. Hopefully the abstract will satisfy the system 2 when I read the abstract for which reading the book in its entirety with system 1 did not reach teh intended learning.
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    Divine Akaba 6 years ago
    Just started reading my copy last week. I am enjoying it, but one must read it deliberately :-) to be able to enjoy it...thats system II iI guess
    Reminds be of Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein...........curious to know if they have any demonstrations on how these ideas have any positive impact on business decisions and results
    Great weekend
    Divine
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    null 6 years ago
    Good morning Mr. Daniel Kahneman,
    I am Phd Student now in Andalas University. I am conducting my reseach about problem solving for schizophrenia. it is an excellence reading book about thinking that everyone must read it in order to refresh their thinking.
    would you please to give me this book for enrich my reference. If you would, please send me to : daryanto_2003@yahoo.com
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      Deirdre Cody 6 years ago
      Hello!

      Many thanks for your nice comment. We also enjoyed this book. In fact, "Thinking, Fast and Slow" has made it to the shortlist for this year's getAbstract International Book Award.

      getAbstract does not sell or make entire books available to our customers. However, I checked on Amazon.com, and there are some good deals on this book right now. Please follow this link to find out more: http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1343997901&sr=8-1

      Best of luck with your research. Schizophrenia is a fascinating topic.

      Have a lovely weekend.

      Kind regards,
      Deirdre Cody (editor at getAbstract)
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    null 6 years ago
    how i wish to get this an important motivational book of such.
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    Divine Akaba 7 years ago
    How come you never mentioned any of his previous books as you did with other authors?
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      Erica Rauzin 7 years ago
      Darn good question. Here you go:

      Daniel Kahneman is also the co-oauthor of Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment, written with Thomas Gilovich, and of Choices, Values and Frames, and Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases,both written with Amos Tversky, as well as Well-Being: Foundations of Hedonic Psychology, written with Ed Diener. Working with Diener and John Helliwell, Kahneman also co-authored International Differences in Well-Being.

      Hope that's helpful. Thanks for your comment. E. Rauzin, managing editor, getAbstract

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    Tyler Hudson 7 years ago
    While the concepts of the book are intriguing, something about the summary makes me feel as though the important bits of the book were either left out or recapped in such a way that I find the summary not as good as others I have read on getabstract.com.