Thinking - Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Contributed by Larisa Brooke
Chapter 3

In this chapter, Kahneman expounds the activities that an individual has the capability of controlling when thinking. Necessary mental activities such as reading require minimum activeness of the brain. System 2 encompasses a series of goings-on that tends to compete against one another. Usually, the frequency of these activities manages to outrun one another in that the result is one concentrating on one action while temporarily or permanently ignoring others. The mind flow is not so much of a will as an explicate intuition of the mind by surrounding events.


The ability of the brain to manage the mental activities in System 2 is what determines one’s ability to multitask. This chapter entails Kahneman’s findings on cognitive efforts and self-control. Accordingly, an individual’s ability to make choices freely is an activity of the mind. Similarly, reasoning occurs in the brain. Individuals who are active cognitive thinkers are highly likely to make selfish decisions. Also, the ability to maintain one’s self-control depends, to a great extent, with the point in time that their mind is at rest.

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