Thinking, Fast and Slow was a global bestseller, and had a profound impact on psychology and economics, as these tributes from other leading figures show.
...human nature saddles us with some unfortunate limitations...we have the means to overcome...some of [them]...
His central message could not be more important, namely, that human reason left to its own devices is apt to engage in a number of fallacies and systematic errors. ...better decisions ...[come from]...aware[ness] of these biases and seek[ing] workarounds. That's a powerful and important discovery.
...Steven Pinker [author of this post] taught his research for more than 30 years ....Our minds do not naturally process statistics on incidents of violence, and so Kahneman helps explain why my claim is news or why it's hard for people to believe.
....We have our differences. I think he is a pessimist, whereas I am an optimist. ...human nature saddles us with some unfortunate limitations, ...he ....shows in the "slow thinking" part of his book – that we have the means to overcome some of our limitations, through education, through institutions, through enlightenment. ....gradually, bit by bit, with two steps forward, one step back, I think that our better angels can push back against our limitations and flaws.
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