Thinking Fast and Slow
Updated: Jan 29
I guess that is to be expected when reading the work of a Nobel Laureate.
Kahneman's dive into the inner workings of the mind is fascinating and eye opening. I have never spent quite as much time thinking about thinking and about the different outside forces that influence how decisions are made than I have over the past month while reading this book.
It is 400+ pages of seriously detailed information that would require multiple re-reads to fully grasp all of the concepts Kahneman discusses.
It wouldn't really be fair to pretend I was capable of distilling it down to one page in a journal entry/blog post that takes no more than 3 minutes to read.
I will say this, the book will make you think. And the material will give you pause to think again as you go about your daily life.
The whole thing might not be for everybody. However, I do think that everybody would find value within its pages, especially in part IV (Choices) and part V (Two Selves).
I am thankful for the short chapters because it makes it easier to re-read some of the denser concepts (or maybe I'm just a little dense).
Kahneman doesn't pretend to know all there is to know about the human mind. He admits that a task like that would be impossible and that "true experts know the limits of their knowledge." What he does do is offer up some insights into the way that humans think, make decisions, and process information, time, experiences, memories, and emotions.
I'm sure I'm leaving something out.
Read the book. It won't be the easiest read you have come across, and it will take some time to get to the end, but I'm sure you will think a little differently about more than a few things by the time you're done.
Kahneman does a great job addressing his goal to "introduce a language for thinking and talking about the mind."