Thinking, Fast and Slow and the Influence of Daniel Kahneman

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A founding fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Stu Steinman practices sports medicine in Westport, Connecticut, and teaches in the department of Human Movement and Sports Science at Sacred Heart University. Away from his professional endeavors, Dr. Stu Steinman enjoys reading non-fiction. One of his favorite books is Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Thinking, Fast and Slow details the inner workings of the mind according to the research of Daniel Khaneman, professor emeritus of psychology at Princeton. Khaneman divides the nature of thought into two distinct categories: the fast, which relies on intuition and emotion, and the slow, which hinges more on logic and deliberation.

More than an interesting read, the book draws upon the life-long scholarship of Kahneman, much of which he completed in collaboration with Amos Tversky. The two psychologists have received credit for shaping, if not creating, the field of behavioral economics, and their theory on decision-making garnered the Nobel Prize for economics in 2002.

Kahneman spent an entire year writing his first article with Tversky, and the two counted a single sentence in a day as progress. The resulting precision of their paper, which appeared in Science in 1974, caught the attention of scholars from multiple disciplines, such as philosophy, and sparked new academic pursuits in each.

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