A Brief Review of Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Brandon Tice

This book doesn’t read itself – its pages don’t fly forward like Harry Potter or A Song of Fire and Ice. Yet that is because each page is densely packed with insights about the way our supposedly rational decisions are actually affected by all kinds of biases and cues that – if the standard economic rational-agent model were correct – we should not heed or allow to color our decisions. Kahneman presents all these findings in a style consistent with what he’s learned throughout his life: he continually presents small psychological tests for us to give ourselves, so that we can observe the effect in our own minds and are more likely to learn the general from the specific (one of the biases he describes is that when presented with a specific case that illustrates a shared human psychological bias, students are unlikely to connect that bias with their own…

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