Best Book This Year: Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow is a must read for those interested in how our minds work.

Kahneman is most famous for receiving the Nobel Prize In Economics for his work on Behavioral Finance, quite an achievement for a non-Economist.

His recent books gives formal shape and systematizes the paradigm-shift from our cultural understanding of the importance of “emotional errors” of the unconscious to  our understanding of the importance of “cognitive errors” of the unconscious.

Read it, but also allow for David Brook’s observation that Kahneman has rigorously excluded all mention of Freud even though his own framework finds its intellectual parentage in Freud’s central thesis that Unconscious processes do most of our “thinking” and that much of this “thinking” is distorted. But then, Kahneman’s emphasis is on purely logical errors, not on the role of how emotions influence logic, let alone the significance of such mythic Freudian tales as Oedipus killing his father.

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