Thinking - Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Contributed by Larisa Brooke
Chapter 1

Kahneman begins the book by engaging the reader on an intuitive thinking practice whereby he posts a photo of a woman’s face who appears angry. He uses this photo to elucidate the functioning of one’s mind and its ability to make predictions of future events based on what is at hand. Kahneman also uses other illustrations including a mathematical problem, whereby the reader can only claim to have a vague knowledge of its results. This chapter also introduces the two systems in mind: System 1 and System 2.


This chapter generally illustrates the bases of Kahneman’s arguments on intuitive think. In effect, the mind analysis revolves around the understanding of the two systems. System 1 is responsible for involuntary actions of an individual and operates automatically. Conversely, System 2 enables an individual to work on complex computations and is relatively voluntary. As such, System 2 readily supports the choice and preference on which to focus one’s mind. The two systems are intertwined yet peculiar regarding their functionality. It is the understanding of these systems that enable one to contemplate the underlying elements of intuitive thinking, and how the mind affects the actions that people take daily.

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