Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:00 am Post

An excellent and revealing exploration by a Nobel Prize-winner of the state of knowledge about how and why we do and don't make good judgements in circumstances of uncertainty - in other words, most of the time. (Which also quite incidentally illustrated to me why Scapple is a useful tool.)
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:03 pm Post

Hugh, did you mean to include a link with this note? Who is the NP winner?

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:31 pm Post

Oops, sorry - Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman at the Woodrow Wilson School. (Is that in your neck of the woods, druid? I can't remember.)

He won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2002, which, as pedants (like me) will know, isn't one of your 24-carat, established-by-Mr-Nobel, original Nobel prizes. But never mind - he did it with just two papers, and addressed issues that are absolutely fundamental to making economics as a discipline make sense, and should have been explored years ago. Some of that's in the book.
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

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Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:54 am Post

Hugh wrote:Oops, sorry - Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman at the Woodrow Wilson School. (Is that in your neck of the woods, druid? I can't remember.)


In fact, he was a near neighbor, until he moved to New York.
And duh, I did read his book. Stuck in slow thinking mode today.
I strongly echo your endorsement.