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This is a nonfiction summary of a book by Daniel Kahneman about psychology and behavioral economics, called "Thinking, Fast and Slow". It discusses how people have two main systems of thought: system 1, the fast system that relies on instinct and the subconscious, and system 2, the slow, lazy system that involved conscientious thought and is used for things like tough riddles, writing essays, or math problems.

I thought this book was interesting, and if its job was to show somebody whether or not they would like the actual book "Thinking, Fast and Slow", it accomplished its purpose nicely. I now know that I would love to read the full book. However, if its job was to summarize the book to give you all you need, making reading the actual book unnecessary, I think it was lacking. It only skimmed the tops of subjects, and left you slightly confused and wanting more.

The author makes many good points, but I disagree with the theory that a person is "born prepared to perceive the world around us, recognize objects, orient attention, avoid losses, and fear spiders." I did not have a fear of spiders until learning much later that some were poisonous, and then more caution than fear. At a very young age, I would want to pick them up and pet or play with them. I know of others who did not want to be the centers of attention as a baby or youth, so although the trait is common, it should not be said as a blanket statement. I think that the author generalized too much and made assertions instead of proposing conjectures or theories.

However, the above statement applies more to the book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" than it does its summary, so I will not judge this book based on that. The summary was interesting, had much food for thought and good topics for discussion, and whetted the reader's appetite for more. I'm glad I read it, as it showed me what to expect from the actual book. Four stars. ( )
  SDaisy | Mar 20, 2020 |
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