January read – Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman

I’ve read several Israeli works without even knowing it. The Israeli literary scene is booming and last year I read both Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow and Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. The latter being recommended by Obama. They were two of my favorite books last year and this year I thought I’d start off strong with another highly recommended book by an Israeli Nobel Prize winner – Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman.

The book was released in 2011 and has won several awards and received countless rave reviews. It explains Kahnemans groundbreaking and nobel prize winning psychological research on the minds way of making decisions and judgements. Through two systems, system 1 that is fast and intuitive and system 2 that is slow and analytical.

“The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing?” 

Daniel Kahneman

I think there is reward in reading this book, to better understand our choices and to be aware of how and why we do the things we do. I think it’s a heavy read, I think it needs to be read slow, but I also think it is worth it. And that’s me thinking about it, slowly.