Thinking - Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Contributed by Larisa Brooke
Chapter 4

Kahneman introduces the reader to this chapter by a practical illustration of the functionality of System 1. In this illustration, one can deduce the rapid reaction of the mind upon an encounter with something that triggers one’s memories. The mind, as Kahneman puts it, is capable of elucidating a causal link between words and expression at a very high speed, and usually automatic. One can be able to detect oddly juxtaposed situations in a split of a second. The author recognizes ass12;relocation as the mechanism through which mental activities take place. He also shed light on the priming effect in mental improvement.


The chapter illustrates how various activities constitute the inception of thoughts and feelings in one’s mind. In essence, multiple actions usually have a connection that provides the direction of preceding activities. Thinking is itself dependent on several underlying factors linked together to create a mental impact. The priming effect is ideal in expounding the relevance of reminders to people. For instance, the more people come across reminders, the more they portray mental activeness such as nervousness, confidence or even worry. This chapter elucidates the concept of disbelief as a non-option, which is an apparent occurrence in the day-to-day activities. The impact of activities is seen as considerable in what people chose to believe.

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