The economist Kahneman has been immersing himself in this field for many years and wrote down his opinions in the tone of prose, analysing the pattern of how our brain functions for readers. His writing was eloquent, concise and easily understandable; in addition, the book has been well editted--clearly and attentively--and attempts to lead readers into a field related to the science, however, without the difficulty of scientific jargon. Even so, readers shouldn't read it at a rate of reading novels or in an amiable mood of enjoying novels because there're many concepts that require you to carefully digest and to be able to get hold of a panorama of the content. Therefore, I ought to write a lot more reviews to introduce it to readers who have been interested. The book amounts to 502 pages and was divided into five parts:
1Two Systems 2 Heuristics And Biases 3 Overconfidence 4 Choice 5 Two Selves
First, the book review should interpret the two systems, which over a longer period of time Kahneman has been observing and were dubbed as two reactions: one is called "System 1(automatic system)" and the other "System 2(effortful system)". For instance, when we see the arithmetic, "2*2", our reaction is very intuitive with a gut feeling; but as we move on to see the other arithmetic, 17*24, most of us need to calm down and think over for a while to get the answer. On the mental stage, two systems play different roles: one play a role of intuition and the other a role of supporting character. They are supplementary roles to each other. But sometimes they would reject each other because of the mental laziness. People are always prone to be lazy instead of being diligent so that the System 1, the automatic system, mostly takes control of our life.
Kahneman divided the effects into several parts due to the wide-ranging consequences: the associated machine, the cognitive ease, a machine for jumping to conclusions and so on.The first part of the book was mostly related to how the Two Systems affact our reactions on a daily basis. For example, where our imagination comes from, how we show our judgements on something and how we have personal preferences for some people or some commodities.
here're some pictures and mathematic forms in the book to express and distinguish how the Two Systems play different roles in our thinking mode. Welcome to raise questions here to discuss about it.
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Hello Storyteller Congratulations on attempting to review such complicated reading material. I am aware of the book although haven't yet had the wherewithal to tackle it. First off, perhaps most critically to contextualize the work - Kahneman is a psychologist not an economist. "Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences."Wikipedia Secondly - a valuable book review from The Guardian which may give your readers additional insights. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/ ... -interview Thank you for your challenging posts!
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Hi, penchantpoet, thanks for your appreciation and also your reminding me that Kahneman is a psychologist rather than an economist. Yes, you are right. Throughtout the book, it's more of the psychological field and less of economic one. As a matter of fact, it's well written by Kahneman and I've read five-sixth of it. Therefore, I'm planning to write three reviews about this book and this is just the first. Also thanks for your related link, The Guardian. I've seen it as a source of my writing reviews. I'm happy to see there's a friend from a corner of the world like you to share book reviews and opinions with me. IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE!! With best wishes Liu From Taiwan.