Thinking - Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Contributed by Larisa Brooke
Chapter 36

Under the chapter, the remembering-self composes, analyzes and stores stories for future reference. System 1 views life as a story and wishes it ends well. It disregards the actual experiences underwent and lays more emphasis on the few moments at the end of the story. Emotions tend to influence us to disregard the actual experiences we went through. We also care intensely about the narratives of our own life at the way they end and we wish it to be good. The chapter also identifies the main purpose of experiences as creating memorable moments which gain much significance.


Kahneman ventures to explain the sole purpose of happiness. We are actually in pursuit of happiness unconsciously for reasons we are not aware that they exist. People care a lot on the big picture and the way they are and will be perceived at the end. The two selves complement each other but the remembering self-seeks memories to attach on events and emotions have the center stage. Stories are told pertaining to people lives and we all ask questions on the way it ended. We criticize or praise people according to to the way they conclude irrespective of whether or not they lived well.

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