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30 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Must read for students of the mind

I've read a number of books that touched upon subject matter similar to this one - Taleb's "Fooled by Randomness" and the "Drunkard's Walk" by Mlodinow. Those books cite Kahneman's research as source material, and so I was quite excited to read this book by a giant in t...
I've read a number of books that touched upon subject matter similar to this one - Taleb's "Fooled by Randomness" and the "Drunkard's Walk" by Mlodinow. Those books cite Kahneman's research as source material, and so I was quite excited to read this book by a giant in this field of research. Overall, I think this is an exceptionally readable and thorough treatment of frequent cognitive errors that people make. Even though I'd read the other two books, I still found this one to be very interesting, especially for the system 1/2 model that Kahneman puts forth. He also reinforces the material on a regular basis, so hopefully, it will be sticky and memorable. Although Kahneman is an academic, I think this book will be readable and accessible to a wide audience. So I would give him high marks for that. The only thing I am struggling with is a despair that I will never be able to overcome the shortcomings of my hardware... And oh yeah, this is a long book, but I guess you get your money's worth!

posted by StudentoftheBuddha on January 19, 2012

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21 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

The Un-Think

Daniel Kahneman, adept at psychological sleight of cognition, gives us a two tier system that is inherently flawed. This is so because quantitative research holds that correlation does not imply causation.

This Fundamental principle follows a truth that it is always ...
Daniel Kahneman, adept at psychological sleight of cognition, gives us a two tier system that is inherently flawed. This is so because quantitative research holds that correlation does not imply causation.

This Fundamental principle follows a truth that it is always possible that a spurious relationship exists for variables between which covariance is held to some degree. In probability theory, covariance is the measure of how much two random variables vary together.

In equating these variables I find in the instance of the variable System 1 that it is above its expected value as opposed to System 2s expected use, which is below its expected value. The covariance between these two variables is deemed negative in probability theory. In this case the negativity being System 1s expected value, thus it follows a higher value is placed on System 2.

Therefore the value based derivative of System 1 when used in Kahneman's terms as a base value positive is absolutely without worth. It is trifling, manipulative bit of thought processing - it is a transparent artifice.

Chris Roberts

posted by ChrisRoberts on December 2, 2011

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

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    The Un-Think

    Daniel Kahneman, adept at psychological sleight of cognition, gives us a two tier system that is inherently flawed. This is so because quantitative research holds that correlation does not imply causation.

    This Fundamental principle follows a truth that it is always possible that a spurious relationship exists for variables between which covariance is held to some degree. In probability theory, covariance is the measure of how much two random variables vary together.

    In equating these variables I find in the instance of the variable System 1 that it is above its expected value as opposed to System 2s expected use, which is below its expected value. The covariance between these two variables is deemed negative in probability theory. In this case the negativity being System 1s expected value, thus it follows a higher value is placed on System 2.

    Therefore the value based derivative of System 1 when used in Kahneman's terms as a base value positive is absolutely without worth. It is trifling, manipulative bit of thought processing - it is a transparent artifice.

    Chris Roberts

    21 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Bait and switch

    If you are looking for a well researched, organized, and readable scholarly work on an interesting topic, you will be sorely disappointed with this book. This is a bait and switch. New and useful insight is promised but only yesterday’s news and tired old liberal dogma is delivered. Daniel Kahneman offers a rambling narrative filled with assertion, reminiscence, and repetition. The book culminates in a liberal rant delivered with all the arrogance of the ivory tower. Kahneman is entitled to his opinion, but he and his publisher promised objectivity and scholarship – and delivered neither. Let the buyer beware.

    12 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    I live in on one of the great lakes. It has been snowing alot.

    It is cold.

    2 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    True 1 star review

    No false assumption...I intuitively felt a concluding liberal rant in the wings...and there it was. Save your time and money.

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