Thursday Review: “Slowing Down Fast Thinking to Enhance Understanding”

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky more or less invented what we now call Behavioral Economics. Tversky passed away in 1996, but Kahneman went on to win the Nobel Prize and his 2011 bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, brought their work to the general public. The big question Kahneman continuously answers in the book is, “How is it possible that we can make decisions that aren’t in our best interest?”

Bringing fast and slow thinking into medicine, Edmund G. Howe describes how he took Kahneman’s ideas and used them to guide patients through difficult decisions in The Journal of Clinical Ethics.

In his article, Howe makes useful and sincere applications to medical ethics and patient care. Going through his work also makes me want to re-read Kahneman’s book.
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