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Kyle C
07-06-2018 03:33

In recent years, two books took me FOREVER to pass. The first was "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" by Daniel Dennett and the second is "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Kahneman. What caused this? What do they have in common? Both books explain, in minute detail, simple concepts with far-reaching implications, and both have been ... after work ... the most intellectually rewarding reading of my adult life. Where to start ... I have a series of theories running in my head, and occ In recent years, two books took me FOREVER to pass. The first was "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" by Daniel Dennett and the second is "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Kahneman. What caused this? What do they have in common? Both books explain, in minute detail, simple concepts with far-reaching implications, and both have been ... after work ... the most intellectually rewarding reading of my adult life. Where to start ... I have several theories running in my head, and from time to time I try to enclose them on paper. I organize them, sequence them and interconnect them in a way that will prevent my reader from significantly expanding their eyes, in an aside, while running their finger over their ears ... ("Cuckoo!") Good writing about complex subjects is very, very difficult, and Kahneman has corroborated more than 30 years of science, his career and everything he has learned in a perfectly organized sequence that takes the reader to a wild world ... provisioning you in each chapter with the tools you will need to the next part of the trip. The second most striking effect on me is the number of times I said: "Yes ... YES! This is what I have been saying!" In my case, it has generally been a kind of "intuitive" recognition (sorry, Mr. Kahneman ... I mean "System 1") of a pattern in my observations about the way we think. In the case of Kahneman, those intuitions have become theoretical propositions, each meticulously researched in well-designed experiments. Clearly, this is at least a difference between me and a Nobel Prize-winning researcher. So, why does this matter? In the context of broader discussions of free will, intention, choice and control over the directions our lives take, this book can provide powerful insights that could be obscured today by these "cognitive illusions" and the inherent limitations of "System 1 / System 2". "thinking, maybe we are not as" free "in our decisions as we would like to think, if" priming "has such an amazingly reproducible effect.We may not be so determined, if the activities that initially require" System 2 "attention, they can become second-nature "intuitions of technical experience." That is, learn and train MATTERS in our ability to detect and respond to events that ... if they are not trained ... could take advantage of "blind spots" or Inherent weaknesses of our brain Perhaps child religious indoctrination is a very skilful recognition of these tendencies / mental defects, so deeply (if intuitively / naively) expressed by Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, "Give me the child until 7 o'clock. I will give you man. "(Paraphrased, forgive me) Kahneman's discoveries and documentation of mental capacity and biases could form the basis of a program of "Mental Martial Arts": an alternative form of indoctrination, in which students are trained to understand the weaknesses of their brains and learn to adopt practices that eliminate or reduce the errors to which these weaknesses can lead. This book will change the way you think ... about how you think. ...Plus

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Category - Reference
Brand Daniel Kahneman
ISBN 0374533555
MPN 34978403
EAN 9780374533557
LanguageEnglish
Literary awardsLos Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest (2011), Best Book of Ideas Prize Nominee (2012), Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2012), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2012)
Original titleThinking, Fast and Slow
Publish DateApril 2013