Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman offers a general audience access to over six decades of insight and expertise from a Nobel Laureate in an accessible and interesting way. Kahneman's work focuses largely on the problem of how we think, and warns of the dangers of trusting to intuition - which springs from "fast" but broad and emotional thinking - rather than engaging in the slower, harder, but surer thinking that stems from logical, deliberate decision-making. Written in a lively style that engages readers in the experiments for which Kahneman won the Nobel, Thinking, Fast and Slow's real triumph is to force us to think about our own thinking.
Dr Jacqueline Allan is associate lecturer in psychology at Birkbeck, University of London.
Ways in to the text Who was Daniel Kahneman ? What does Thinking, Fast and Slow say? Why does Thinking, Fast and Slow matter? Section 1: Influences Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context Module 2: Academic Context Module 3: The Problem Module 4: The Author's Contribution Section 2: Ideas Module 5: Main Ideas Module 6: Secondary Ideas Module 7: Achievement Module 8: Place in the Author's Work Section 3: Impact Module 9: The First Responses Module 10: The Evolving Debate Module 11: Impact and Influence Today Module 12: Where Next? Glossary of Terms People Mentioned in the Text Works Cited