Nataka Books Review: Kahnemann

Updated: Jan 23

This week we focus on the Daniel Kahnemann's book, Thinking Fast and Slow. Quite apart from the illumination the book provides on thinking methods, how decisions are arrived at, the book leads the reader to engage why they make certain decisions. In a way, there is nothing new, but Daniel offers a method to separate what influences decision in a short space of time compared to long considered decisions in a longer frame horizon. A great book. That can be read in any order, re-read as many times as the reader wants and each time new ideas flow into the mind of the reader. The book rarely gets technical and uses supreme storytelling that we love as a device to communicate.

Ideas to Chew Over

Knowing the two systems of decision making does not mean we are equipped with the functions to put them to use. Experience helps. How might we apply this to moment by moment situations. This is the true value of this book. It generates more questions that you have answers and in those questions some clarity emerges of situations where the ideas from this book can be applied. A simple one is to resist rushing when clearly undecided.


This book is seminal in that the ideas expressed here are not encountered elsewhere on a regular basis. For academia my view will differ. For the ordinary person on the street, this book is the first that takes tackles decision making outside economics, anthropology and the higher sciences as they are always present. The book present an idea, runs with it, and leaves you to decide. We like because every return to any page is rewarded. This book sticks closely to almost a single idea and develops that single idea throughout. A triumph !

Having one things to say, and developing that idea fully comes across as more fulfilling and worthy than having a thousand ideas loosely explored and interrogated. This is my takeaway from Daniel.

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