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Daniel Kahneman on Thinking, Fast and Slow

Monday, November 21, 2011

Daniel Kahneman, who received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, talks about how we think. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, he looks at how intuitive and emotional thinking and slower, more deliberative, and more logical thinking shape our behaviors, judgments, and decisions.

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Daniel Kahneman

Comments [9]

melvin goldstein

The economy is non-linear. Non-linear equates to chaos theory. Chaos is one of Physics Foibles - non-predictable. Butterflies may cause tornadoes!!!

Nov. 24 2011 02:44 PM

This kind of program really helps listeners question assumptions...a wonderfully important, albeit disquieting aspect of our potential.

Nov. 21 2011 01:19 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If a woman or a man is very intelligent, most of the people available for that person to marry are going to be less intelligent.

Nov. 21 2011 12:41 PM
rh from NYC area

I agree about the essay grading issue. When I grade tests with open answers, I grade each problem separately, #1 for the whole class, #2 for the whole class, etc. But I disagree that you shouldn't go back and let earlier ones influence you. They will influence you whether you check the grade or not, so it is best to go back as soon as you have a question about what you did before.

Another point was the number of students per classroom. The fact is that good teachers can handle 20, 25, or even more students in their class. Poor teachers can't even handle 15 students. My town is going nuts over increasing classroom sizes, but their schools are ranked in the top ten in the state. Don't hire a bad teacher just to decrease class sizes.

Nov. 21 2011 12:38 PM
Amy from Manhattan

About focusing on just 1 meaning of a word depending on its context, are habitual punsters an exception to this?

Nov. 21 2011 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Does Dr. Kahneman's approach address the tendency to think 1 example determines a general case, like when some people think a blizzard disproves global warming?

Nov. 21 2011 12:29 PM
Rosemary

I'm about to starting training doctors to use an electronic medical records system. Could I preface the training with some (seemingly) unrelated questions that would elicit a positive response to put them in a more receptive frame of mind?

Nov. 21 2011 12:18 PM
Mayo from Brooklyn

His book Choices, Values, and Frames is an amazing study in decision-making based on context. This sounds like a mouth-watering follow-up to it.

Nov. 21 2011 12:16 PM
Bob from NYC

Dr. Kahneman apparently forgot that Herb Simon was an psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Nov. 21 2011 12:09 PM

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