Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Doubleday Canada, Nov 1, 2011 - Psychology - 512 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication INTRODUCTION
TWO SYSTEMS
THE CHARACTERS OF THE STORY
ATTENTION AND EFFORT
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THE LAZY CONTROLLER
THE ASSOCIATIVE MACHINE
COGNITIVE EASE
INTUITIONS VS FORMULAS
WHEN CAN WE TRUST
THE OUTSIDE VIEW
THE ENGINE OF CAPITALISM
BERNOULLIS ERRORS
PROSPECT THEORY
THE ENDOWMENT EFFECT
BAD EVENTS

NORMS SURPRISES AND CAUSES
A MACHINE FOR JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS
HOW JUDGMENTS HAPPEN
ANSWERING AN EASIER QUESTION
HEURISTICS AND BIASES
THE LAW OF SMALL NUMBERS
ANCHORS
THE SCIENCE OF AVAILABILITY
AVAILABILITY EMOTION AND RISK
TOM WS SPECIALTY
LESS IS MORE
CAUSES TRUMP STATISTICS
REGRESSION TO THE MEAN
TAMING INTUITIVE PREDICTIONS
THE ILLUSION OF UNDERSTANDING
THE ILLUSION OF VALIDITY
THE FOURFOLD PATTERN
RARE EVENTS
RISK POLICIES
KEEPING SCORE
REVERSALS
FRAMES AND REALITY
TWO SELVES 35 TWO SELVES
LIFE AS A STORY
EXPERIENCED WELLBEING
THINKING ABOUT LIFE
CONCLUSIONS
JUDGMENT UNDER UNCERTAINTY
CHOICES VALUES AND FRAMES
Grateful acknowledgment is made for permission to reprint the following
NOTES ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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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 is the only non-economist to have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; it was awarded to him in 2002 for his pioneering work with Amos Tversky on decision-making.

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