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Book Group-June 11th "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Kahneman +"Free Will" by Harris

For June 11th, we will read the last third of the book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman.  We will read chapters 28-Conclusion, pages 300-418. This book is an excellent overview of the two systems that we use to think about problems and make decisions in life.  System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.  Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities - and also the faults and biases - of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thought and behavior. (from the book jacket)

This is a highly regarded book.  I've been wanting to cover this for book group for more than a year.  There are many copies in the library.  The Washington County Library currently shows 2 copies available (out of 39), plus an audio version, and an e-book version.

This will be our third session on this book, owing to the books length (418 pages). In this, the final of the three sessions, we will also be discussing the book, "Free Will" by Sam Harris.

Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2011: Drawing on decades of research in psychology that resulted in a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman takes readers on an exploration of what influences thought example by example, sometimes with unlikely word pairs like "vomit and banana." System 1 and System 2, the fast and slow types of thinking, become characters that illustrate the psychology behind things we think we understand but really don't, such as intuition. Kahneman's transparent and careful treatment of his subject has the potential to change how we think, not just about thinking, but about how we live our lives. Thinking, Fast and Slow gives deep--and sometimes frightening--insight about what goes on inside our heads: the psychological basis for reactions, judgments, recognition, choices, conclusions, and much more.

If you have an idea for the next book, please let me know.  I am possibly thinking about a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

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  • Sarah H.

    That sounds like a good idea. I expect the Harris will need a full evening's discussion. Actually, I just heard that we might be back in time for me to come straight to book club from the airport, so I'll change my RSVP to yes, but it's tentative at this point.

    May 16, 2014

  • Joel O.

    Sorry to hear that. I am thinking more and more about putting off the Sam Harris book for a month, discussing it by itself, perhaps with some added material. I know you are interested in the area of free will, what do you think?

    May 16, 2014

  • Sarah H.

    Aag. It's looking like I have a business trip that day. I really wanted to come to this!

    May 16, 2014

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