An individual has been described by a neighbor as follow: “Steve is very shy and withdrawn, invariably helpful but with little interest in people or in the world of reality. A meek and tidy soul, he has a need for order and structure.”
Is Steve more likely to be a librarian or a farmer?
‘System 1’ in our minds, seeking patterns and coherence, leads one intuitively to the stereotypical description of a librarian. ‘System 2’: slower, more analytical, harder work, may invite one to consider that there are twenty times the number of men farming as working in libraries in America. Our comfortable reliance on System 1 was the first insight I gained from Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. Reading the book, I noticed its lessons arising everywhere: in school, in supermarkets, in what I read. Not having seen the book reviewed online however, I thought it might be useful to do…
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