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Software Development: Fast and Slow.

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How to use ideas from the great book by Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Recently I read a fascinating book by Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow. It has tons of insights. Every chapter was a discovery. I learned so many new things.

I work in a software development company. It’s quite natural to apply new learned things to your domain. That’s what I’m doing in this post.

System 1 and System 2

The book is about two systems in the human brain. System 1 is fast, intuitive, alert and cheap. System 2 is lazy, analytical and expensive. Most daily activities and tasks are solved by System 1, while the most complex tasks are redirected to System 2.

When you use System 1 you feel nothing. It’s natural and effortless. When you use System 2, you feel strain and pressure. You notice that you are really thinking hard. System 2 is effortful.

There are many experiments that proves existence of these two systems. Make no mistake, there is no clear separation of these systems on a physical brain structure, but they describe how people think and make decisions.

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