Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman is a fascinating thinker. I've seen him speaking three times (before and after the nobel prize), and he is always very impressive. His work on the psychology of decision making changed the way economists (and psychologists) think, and earned him the nobel prize in economics. I could never forget one study he presented on the retrospective perception of pain, in which people were asked to rate, minute by minute, how much pain they were feeling as the experimenters inflated and deflated a rubber balloon introduced in their rectum. Creative methodology apart, the results were really surprising: when asked later to rate how much overall pain they felt during the session, people who suffered for, say, 10 min, with the most intensive pain at the end of the session, reported feeling more pain than people who underwent exactly the same procedure, with the same minute by minute pain ratings, plus an ADDITIONAL few minutes of suffering at a lower pain level. In other words, it means that if you have a painful procedure done to you (say, at a dentist visit), you will find the overall experience less painful if the dentist inflicts on you an extra couple minutes of low pain after he is done with the more painful dental procedure. Sounds crazy? This is just one of his many studies showing how counter-intuitive we actually are. You can read the introduction of the book here:

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  • Elizabeth

    Hi Guys - Thanks for a great meetup. Info on the non-profit that I referred to can be found at­. Their events can be found at­. I believe the vision is to eventually bring these events to Milwaukee and other locations.

    March 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent book- enjoy reading it !

    March 3, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    Hopefully March - I got my copy (from the library's shelves - maybe says something about Kenosha) in hand & was asked about the author just last night. Can't wait to read & discuss!

    December 6, 2011

  • Leo F.

    Good point. Maybe we should read it for March or April, then...

    December 5, 2011

  • Emily T

    One consideration: it was published October 2011and over 400 pages so it may be hard to get at the library because of the recent release date and length.

    December 5, 2011

  • Leo F.

    Should we read this book for February, following "How We Decide"? Or should we push it back?

    December 4, 2011

  • Emily T

    Just bought the book. Looking forward to reading it

    November 27, 2011

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