Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman, 2011

Kahneman’s book is a foundational text in behavioural economics, despite having very few economic themes. He carefully and lucidly lays out a series of experiments which he and his colleagues have performed over the years, demonstrating the aberrations and idiosyncrasies of human reasoning. Whilst this is a very clear read, and a strong sense of narrative (our conclusions build on top of each other), there is a poetic pull missing from this book: it is almost as if one was asked to read a textbook on psychology in disguise. Truthfully, that is what this is, and despite the high hopes which the critical reception and the introduction set up, I struggled to see why I should finish this. It reads as an influential set of studies and nothing more.

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