Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann. This is the book I have had in my hands for a few weeks. Now, dont get me wrong. The book is a great great read. Indeed I would wholeheartedly recommend it anybody who is interested in human nature and human behaviour. It is a power packed course in psychology. With the added bonus that it will show us, how we think. Think thats impossible? Try out some of the exercises in the book.

This book is no easy read. Well, you could skim through it, but that does no justice to the book or the topic. Daniel Kahnemann divides the brain into S1 and S2. S1 is the Quick-Gun-Murugan. S2 is the laid back arm chair Sherlock Holmes. Bad comparison, but this is written from S1 - so there! S1 is hasty, snappy and quick to make connections complete with all existing biases. S2, will, of course, give you the real whodunnit. Only if you choose to engage S2, because S2 is, well, lazy, among other things.

This book cannot read at S1 levels, has to be read at S2 levels. So, go for it.

And all you political analysts out there, do read this book. Very very instructive.

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