Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
I was recently reading an interview in a magazine where the final question posed by the interviewer was “if you could make everyone in the world read one book, what would it be?” Never mind what the interviewee said (which was Bird Song, by Sebastian Faulks FYI), I was dumbfounded as to what book I would choose. That was, of course, until I picked up Thinking, Fast and Slow.
Daniel Kahneman, Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize winner in Economics, has provided us with a holy gospel equivalent on the human brain. In this book, he presents a dichotomy between the two ways in which we think: System 1, which is impulsive, instinctive and emotional; and System 2, which is logical, rational and deliberative – hence the title, Thinking, Fast and Slow.
Kahneman has long been regarded as one of our most important and profound thinkers, with his groundbreaking research and ideas spanning all aspects of society. However never before, has Kahneman compiled his many profound thoughts into one place – until now.
After much anticipation, Kahneman has gifted us a wealth of knowledge on cognitive bias, decision-making theories and happiness. This is an absolute must-read for anyone with a curious mind, that will not only improve your outlook on life but your dinner party chat too.
If that’s not persuasive enough, I’ll leave you with just a few of the accolades Kahneman received for this work:
- Major New York Times bestseller
- Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award of 2012
- Selected by the New York Tomes Book Review as one of the best books of 2011
- A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011
- TitleOne of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011