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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but much old stuff., November 5, 2011
This review is from: Thinking, Fast and Slow (Hardcover)
This is an excellent review of the research in the tradition initiated by Khaneman and Tversky. For those of you who are not familiar with this work, this is an interesting and very accessible introduction to that research. Sometimes I missed some references to recent research with contradictory conclusion, but given the format of the book that is acceptable. As an introduction into this research area I would give it 5 stars. Highly recommended.

For those of you familiar with Kahneman and Tversky's work from the 70s and 80s, the ideas discussed in the book should be mostly well known, perhaps with an exception for the first part. This is my reason for the 4-star rating.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2011 3:39:23 PM PST
BruceK says:
Nice review.

>> the ideas discussed in the book should be mostly well known,

This is a valid point. I'm not a neuroscientist, but I am very interested in the field and have read many books from differing point of views and there are many experiments that I have heard of before that have been cited and explained in different ways. I think this book is very good and valuable in that the explanations are better, more objective and fuller than I have seen before. Having familiarity with some of the ideas made the whole book easier to understand and appreciate for me and the professionalism and clarity with which it was written as well as putting most of it in one place with a deeper explanation moved me to give it a 5/5.

I'd like to see a book that in addition would give some of the logic behind these experiments that justifies the conclusions. A lot of this seems overly statistical and without a physical basis, but in trying to make sense of the brain this is certainly a valuable place to start. Many of these ideas have changed my whole way of viewing the world and I think these ideas are very important to disseminate to the regular people who really have no idea what they are missing.
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