Psychological masterpiece shatters illusions of control

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Allen Lane, €27. Reviewed by Jennifer O'Connell.

8th January, 2012
Psychological masterpiece shatters illusions of control
Daniel Kahneman: a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist. Photo: Jon Roemer

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Consider the following portrait of a woman you've never met, a woman we'll call Linda. She is 31, single, outspoken and bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and participated in anti-nuclear demonstrations.

Now imagine what Linda does for a living, and rank the following scenarios in order of probability:

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