Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow

Today we’re devoting the whole programme to the topic of thinking, with someone Claudia Hammond has long wanted to interview – the Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman.

He's someone whose work has really made her stop and think over the years.

He can ask you a question which sounds easy, but inevitably you get the answer wrong, revealing the common mistakes which a lot of us make systematically in everyday thinking - mistakes which can lead us to make some very poor decisions.

Although he's a psychologist, Professor Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics for his work with Amos Tversky, which called into question the economists' assumption that we're all selfish, rational and logical.

His new book Thinking, Fast and Slow covers his 45 years of work in this area.

He talks to Claudia about the two kinds of thinking he identifies – system one which is fast, automatic and emotional and system two which is slower and more logical.

(Image: Daniel Kahneman. Credit: Getty Images)

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Sun 8 Jan 2012 13:32 GMT
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