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Daniel Kahneman: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” | Talks at Google

@Google Talks is proud to welcome hero of psychology, Daniel Kahneman.

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on many fields—including economics, medicine, and politics—but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research and thinking in one book.

In the highly anticipated 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. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 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 behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, 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 business 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 think about thinking.


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  1. Egads …  I love Kahneman and his ideas, but what a terrible boring background … it is like a movie green screen with no special effects behind it.  It is quite ironic that it is close the color of vomit ???

  2. Teaching a course in rational policy analysis, it's a challenge to get students to think using system 2. I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. When you are looking at a difficult problem, don't trust system 1. If you are lucky, system 1 will result in a good decision; most of the time it won't.

  3. whats more more intersting is how long you can tell a story for b4 repeating,{ why do ex presidents get paid so much for giving seminars once they are retiered?],taking nothing away from what he is discussing. but it poeses another question?

  4. I must be strange…my reactions to the majority of those things were not as described. For instance, in the rhyming scenario, I did not stop to spell the words to see if they rhymed. Things don't rhyme because of the way they are spelled, they rhyme because of the way they sound. Why would I spell something that is based on a sound? I wouldn't.

  5. I'm halfway reading (listening to, audible FTW) his book, and I gotta say it's been eye opening. Although not easy to digest and the constant bias that "no I'm different", I think it's good to have this in mind whenever one has to make an impactful decision, and first activate system 2 and second be aware of the biases and influences may cloud your thoughts. Definitely a must read for those that want to know more about decision making.

  6. When we're asked a question that we can't answer, system 1 is likely to come up with an answer to a related question and use that answer for the wrong question.

    Welp that explains why politicans can never answer a damn question.

  7. I have a problem with what he defines as intuition – unless i am interpreting this wrong, he thinks intuition is more automatic pilot type thinking or emotional instinct. However to me intuition is a subconscious way of thinking or perception that is outside of both automatic piloting, or outside of reason that comes from the programming and experiences we have. Discuss?

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