ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST GALAXY OF
SECULAR BRAIN SCIENCE STARS

July 26, 2019


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Note: Daniel Kahneman has written one of the most important books about thinking that have ever been published. It should be read and discussed throughout the Humanist Galaxy.

The first book analyzed is [1] THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013 (499 pages). It was an international bestseller, The popular psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.

The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation can all be understood by knowing how the two systems of thought shape our judgments and decisions.

The second book analyzed is by Michael Lewis who wrote [2] THE UNDOING PROJECT: a Friendship that Changed Our Minds, which was published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2017 (362 pages). It is about the coauthors of the first book above, Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and increased the use and reliability of algorithms.

Both books should be read and discussed throughout the Humanist Galaxy.

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Book #1:
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Book #2:
THE UNDOING PROJECT:
A Friendship that Changed Our Minds