How I Came Across the Title
The real question is, How could I not come across Thinking, Fast and Slow? The book was displayed wherever books were sold when it came out in 2011. I was always tempted to buy it due to its very intriguing title, but that year was when I resolved to read the unread books already in my possession. When the Kindle version of the book was on sale for $2.99 last year, I jumped on it. Of course, it took me more than a year to finally read it, but I’m definitely glad I can be counted in the company of those who have finished it!
Thoughts on the Book
I always appreciate books that make me think about thinking and that can refine my thinking. This book details how judgments are made in our mind and warns against false intuitions, biases, and illusions of truth. I posted a few thoughts as I went through the book:
Don’t Jump! – about jumping into conclusions
When Size Matters – about evaluating statistical information
OK, But Not OK. Not OK, But OK – about the discrepancy between perception and reality
I’ll be writing an overall review for BookWoms soon, but in short, I really enjoyed the book!
The subject matter of the book lies in the intersection between economics and psychology. If this book appeals to you, you’d probably also like the following books:
The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
As for me, reading this book makes me want to read these two books by Nassim Taleb, who is quoted a number of times in the book:
The Black Swan (Good thing this book is already on my bookshelf)
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets