Do you ever wonder why it is so easy to come up with answers to questions you aren't expecting? Such as: What is my mood right now? Or maybe: How popular will the president be in six months? Or perhaps: Jennifer learned to read when she was four. What will her GPA be in college? No? Me neither. But this is just the first of many questions I never thought to ask that are answered and explained in Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman.
Being a fan of psychology, I found Kahneman's work a fascinating look at the way humans make decisions. This book is aimed at the water-cooler set; it is not written just for psychologists or economists or grad students, but for you and me. Daniel Kahneman is a respected scientist in his field and has published widely in academia - but his goal here is to help the average person understand how they make decisions and how to avoid...
Beyond the Book
Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist who, along with Amos Tversky, revolutionized economic theory in the 1970s and is widely regarded as one of the world's most influential living psychologist.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1934 to Lithuanian Jewish parents, Kahneman grew up in Paris, during which time his father was taken by Nazis in one of the first "round ups" of Jewish prisoners. Though he was later released, Kahneman's family spent the rest of the war years ill at ease in their surroundings. In 1948, four years after his father passed away from diabetes, Kahneman and his family moved to Palestine...