The Easy Decision of Choosing a President In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman goes to great

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The Easy Decision of Choosing a President In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman goes to great lengths to explain the complex ways that humans think in the most simple and understandable fashion. Just as Kahneman’s title alludes, each person thinks in two distinct styles, one style is an automatic manner of thinking and the other is effortful, which he refers to as System 1 and System 2 throughout the book. Kahneman (2011) points out that when we perceive our own way of thinking “we identify with System 2, the conscious, reasoning self that has beliefs, makes choices, and decides what to think about and what to do” (p. 21), but he then immediately points out that that is not at all the case because System 1 is our dominate thinking…show more content…
Agreeing With a Candidate’s Policy Can Be Blinding 2. Being Easy on the Eyes Earns Votes 3. That Political Ad Was Just On 4. The Decision Has Been Made Every American has the right to vote however they choose and they can use either System 1 or System 2 to make their decision on who to vote for in an election. However, by having an understanding of the influence that System 1 has outside of our awareness and by being mindful of the fact that politicians and their supporters knowingly use System 1’s power to benefit them, should make it obvious to voters that it is in their best interest to consciously activate System 2. The decision of which political candidate to vote for should be a decision that is slow and effortful. Each voter needs to become a skeptic and doubt each thing that they hear and see about the upcoming election. It is not enough to question everything one hears about the candidates but it is also important that the voter educate his or herself on the real issues. Take the time to dissect, contemplate, and analyze the vast myriad of information that is presented. Do some research on each candidate’s stances and policies before deciding on a candidate. Question each idea or conclusion made to ensure that System 1 has not once again taken over. It is through mindfulness and skepticism that an individual becomes resist to biases and learns to think purposeful. It is through the slow and effortful thinking of System 2 that people can become assertive

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