Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Ask HN: Non-tech books that have helped you grow professionally?


bizzleDawg: It's certainly a very useful book (even for it's flaws) for it's detail on cognitive phycology and human biases. It certainly improved my personal and professional life.

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Ask HN: What's one book that changed your life?


bbody: It made me learn to start questioning my own thought processes.

Ask HN: What are the must-read books about economics/finance?


joshuathomas096: He won a Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 for his work in Behavioral Economics. I truly believe understanding human behavior and decision making is a key foundation to anything else you read in Economics. This book changed my life, I highly recommend it.

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Ask HN: What book changed your life in 2014?


arthurjj: Understanding how we actually think as opposed to how we think we think is a critical skill, especially in a startup. Having a Nobel prize winner explain how the two systems of your brain work together (and can sabotage you) was enlightening and enjoyable. This book helped me understand many aspects of design and sales that had been black boxes for me

doer20: Taught me how to make better decisions

Ask HN: Best books you read in the past decade?


t-writescode: I think it should be required reading in school, or at least parts of it.

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Ask HN: Books you read in 2016?


tsaprailis: Awesome book presenting modern psychology. You'll get insight into how humans work.

misiti3780: 3rd time reading it

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Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?


3minus1: Study after study shows that we exhibit so, so many cognitive biases, as our minds take shortcuts. there are some things you can do to recognize and mitigate these biases.

mvexel: ...I am about to head into my third read of it. If I had to pick one concept from this book that had the most impact on my decisions and the way I look at other people's decisions, it would have to be loss aversion / prospect theory.

erd0s: Thinking fast and slow had the biggest impact in changing how I think about a lot of things, epic study of how you’re predisposed to think and make decisions in a particular way. ...

misiti3780: Made me think about all of the biases that my mind has that I dont even realize

jdegag: Great book about our how humans think. He breaks our slow, logical reasoning as system 2, and our fast, automatic visceral processing. He points out we might think we have control over our thoughts and actions (system 1), but more often than not our System 1 is intervening or providing the true reasoning for our decisions. Great book to introspect your decision making and that of others.

elamje: It too follows the thread of incentives, but also more interesting aspects of human psychology like memory, and the 2 parts of the brain. Understanding how the 2 parts of the brain are often at odds with other, has vastly changed the way I think and helped me realize times I'm susceptible to bias and misunderstanding.

vishnugupta: This book made me truly appreciate the value of psychology. I didn't even know the existence of a vast domain called behavioral science until I read this book. Now I'm deliberately conscious about the decisions I take and retrace my thought process multiple times just to make sure that I haven't fallen pray to some of the cognitive biases.

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Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?


dbalan: A slow read, but a good one. He talks about the intricacies and surprising observations about how me take decisions.

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Ask HN: Any recommended books on developing mental models?


yusufp: Taught me more about human biases.

emre: I read it again every now and then. Explains cognitive biases, prospect theory and happiness.

Ask HN: Books with a high signal to noise ratio?


jaydles: Most useful book I've ever read, period. Changed the way I think about decisions and influenced how I think about building products.

kashyapc: ...Don't let the title invite you to dismiss it off as yet another over-simplifying popular psyocology book; it's anything but that. It is an account of about 30 years of collaboration with his late colleague Amos Tversky. Certainly not a breezy page-turner. It's well worth it to take your own time to assimilate the content.

soneca: Each chapter summarize several others whole books on behavioral economics.

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Ask HN: What are some interesting books you read in 2017?


j-collier: Was a game changer for me. I've seen it mentioned countless times here.

Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?


IanCal: A stunningly good book about cognitive biases, with fairly understated claims and backed up with studies. Excellent advice for life and it's changed how I view decisions and interactions.

Ask HN: Best books you read in 2012


rickhanlonii: If you really want to expose the bias and structure of your consciousness, this the book to read.

kul: It's dense, but filled with insight after insight.

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Ask HN: What books fundamentally changed the way you think about the world?


d33: Essentially a book about "bugs" in our minds that lead us to bad decisions

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Ask HN: Which books have helped you the most professionally?


noobly: I've always felt that intelligence is largely cultivated (or at least a significant portion of what we commonly refer to as 'intelligence'), and much of this book seemed to agree and offered constructive advice on improving ones cognition, along with making use of many quirks, oddities and primitive habits our brains have been endowed with.