Why We Contradict Ourselves

With his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman has emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity, the outright contradictoriness of human thought and behavior. He won the Nobel Prize in economics for his part in creating the field of behavioral economics. It acknowledges, as classic western economics did not, that we are not always logical and rational in our economic lives.

Kahneman’s groundbreaking work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making with his late friend and fellow psychologist Amos Tversky has also influenced medicine, law, and business. And it is fun, helpful, and slightly unsettling to explore human psychology and behavior in this moment of political and social tumult.

(listen to the interview)