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March 5, 2014
Daniel Kahneman turns 80 today (March 5, 2014). On this occasion, Edge is pleased to reprise some of his contributions to our pages.
Steven Pinker, following Kahneman's talk at the 2011 Edge Master Class, made the following comments during the Q@A:
"If somebody were to ask me what are the most important contributions to human life from psychology, I would identify this work [by Kahneman & Tversky] as maybe number one, and certainly in the top two or three. In fact, I would identify the work on reasoning as one of the most important things that we've learned about anywhere. When we were trying to identify what should any educated person should know in the entire expanse of knowledge, I argued unsuccessfully that the work on human cognition and probabilistic reason should be up there as one of the first things any educated person should know."
One way to consider the long and illustrious career of a great thinker is not as a summation, but as a commission, one that give us permission to move forward in certain ways. (Think Newton's "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.")
Kahneman's longtime colleague Richard Thaler, suggests asking Edgies who work in fields including, but not limited to, psychology, cognitive science, behavioral economics, law, medicine, the following questions while also asking them to include inspired leaps off of his shoulders, not just application of his ideas.
"How Has Kahneman's Work Influenced Your Own? What Step Did It Make Possible?"
We look forward to receiving and publishing responses on Edge.
DANIEL KAHNEMAN is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 2002 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2013. He is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton, and Author of Thinking Fast and Slow. (Daniel Kahneman's Edge Bio Page)
Millions of people have been asked the question, how satisfied are you with your life? That is a question to the remembering self, and there is a fair amount that we know about the happiness or the well-being of the remembering self. But the distinction between the remembering self and the experiencing self suggests immediately that there is another way to ask about well-being, and that's the happiness of the experiencing self.
A SHORT COURSE IN THINKING ABOUT THINKING
Edge Master Class
Daniel Kahneman, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Katinka Matson, Nathan Myrhvold, Peter Diamandis, Dean Kamen, W. Daniel Hillis, George Smoot, Karla Taylor, Jimmy Wales, Salar Kamangar, George Dyson, Seth Lloyd, Tim O'Reilly, Sergey Brin
What we're saying is that there is a technology emerging from behavioral economics. It's not only an abstract thing. You can do things with it. We are just at the beginning. I thought that the input of psychology into behavioral economics was done. But hearing Sendhil was very encouraging because there was a lot of new psychology there. That conversation is continuing and it looks to me as if that conversation is going to go forward. It's pretty intuitive, based on research, good theory, and important. — Daniel Kahneman
A SHORT COURSE IN BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS
Edge Master Class
Jeff Bezos, John Brockman, Max Brockman, George Dyson, W. Daniel Hillis, Daniel Kahneman, Salar Kamangar, France LeClerc, Katinka Matson, Sendhil Mullainathan, Elon Musk, Nathan Myhrvold, Sean Parker, Paul Romer, Richard Thaler, Anne Treisman, Evan Williams
TWO BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
A Talk By Daniel Kahneman
PUTTING PSYCHOLOGY INTO BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS
Richard Thaler, Sendhil Mullainathan, Daniel Kahneman
Sendhil Mullainathan, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos
The power of settings, the power of priming, and the power of unconscious thinking, all of those are a major change in psychology. I can't think of a bigger change in my lifetime. You were asking what's exciting? That's exciting, to me.
Steven Pinker & Daniel Kahneman
"I'm still not convinced it was a good idea to write the book." — Kahneman on Thinking Fast and Slow
EDGE RETREAT @ SPRING MOUNTAIN VINEYARD
Daniel Kahneman & Richard Thaler