Free Will, Libet Experiments, Priming, Breakdown of Bicameral Mind and “Thinking Fast and Slow”

Review of “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, Penguin (Australia), 2012.

Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, is mainly about the factors that can influence our behaviours in financial choices and other situations where we are making decisions. The Professor’s likely purpose is to inform rather than to instruct. The topics I touched in the above discussion does not do justice to the book as it covers many topics such as prospect theory, affective forecasting, regression to the mean, endowment effect, halo effect and more that were not discussed here. The examples and discussions in the book have many lessons for us to contemplate about our routine behaviours with a more grounded perspective. Thus, Prof. Kahneman’s book is an extremely valuable addition to any collection of books on human nature. Millions of readers have already come to this conclusion by making this book a best seller.

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The website aims to show the possible origin of religion through a ‘uniquely’ human process which has links to the seclusion of girls at puberty. It also advocates the view that the Paleolithic Venus figurines are related to these puberty rites and hence, the prehistoric Venus figurines may carry a much larger meaning. Thus, Religion is something more than a throwback from our animal past.
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