Thinking Fast and Slow, and bonus

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

From Amazon : “In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

So far it is, at the same time, enlightening and frightening. Not only am I not thrilled by the way I think (now that it’s being pointed out), I’m terrified how exploitable it is – and you’re no different, trust me.

Freemasonry and Its Etiquette by William Campbell-Everden

From Amazon: “Handy guide for Masons everywhere. This complete reference gives a concise history of Freemasonry plus its rules, regulations, ceremonies, rituals, duties, etc.

A friend found his late grandfather’s personal copy of this text, originally published in the 1920s, and let me borrow it to take a look. It’s dense and thorough, so I’m afraid I’ll only be able to skim before I return it to the place whence it came. I find it very interesting and but not at all unexpected that the information contained therein is just as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

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