Thinking, Fast and Slow. Introduction

So, we begin today with a new book in our blog:

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Penguin Books 2012


You can consult the schedule of chapters in the reading calendar page.

This is a book that lots of people have recommended me to read and I didn’t yet. I even received it as a Christmas present a couple of years ago and I felt a little uncomfortable having it in my library untouched. So it will be a great think to finally solve all that pending issues. For David, this is going to be a second read. So we are trying here a new modality: first read for one, second for the other.

The introduction puts us in context with the work of Kahneman and Amos Tversky on intuition bias and decision making under uncertainty that constitute pillars of behavioral economics, one of the intellectual stars in human sciences of the last times. The influence of the work of this guys is enormous.

We have a quick view with examples about some kinds of intuition biases that are common in human behavior. The author presents himself as trying to create an ontology of psychological categories that describe such biases in order to provide us with tools to understand, identify and overcome them. However, the aim of the book is not the presentation of his own research. It is much more ambitious:

My main aim here is to present a view of how the mind works that draws on recent developments in cognitive and social psychology. One of the more important developments is that we now understand the marvels as well as the flaws of intuitive thought. (p. 10)

So, let’s read it and see if he is up to his promise.


3 thoughts on “Thinking, Fast and Slow. Introduction

  1. I’m very happy to reread this book. It caused a big impression on me. It made me rethink a lot of considerations I had about myself and how I tackle problems, as well as my view on how society and politics works.
    It also gave me a new mental framework to consider events and decisions related to them, so now I can think on how to act on something and then say to myself: “Beware, that is a confirmation bias” or “This person is clearly acting under the halo bias”.
    I use this book in an introductory course of philosophy to discuss the supposed rationality of human being and how certain models we have of political and economial organizations may be basicly wrong.

  2. It is indeed a great thing. As well as “a great think”….

    Anyway. I hope that I can contribute beyond the petty comment above. Thanks for all the fun I got so far!

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