Thinking, fast and slow (Daniel Kahneman).
This Nobel prize winning book is a masterpiece on human rationality and….irrationality. It is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I’ve ever read.

A crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves (the New York Times).

Over the last month, after following the courses on Neurocognitivism and social behaviour, I translated this inspiring knowledge into my gorilla and dove metaphor. The gorilla reflecting the emotional, status driven part of the brain and the dove the prefrontal part of our brain, capable of looking at thing from a distance or from different perspectives, seeing options, seeing nuances, etc….

It’s funny, but the moment I recently started reading Kahneman’s “Thinking, fast and slow”, this metaphor jumped at me. The gorilla being the fast, associations making System 1 running the show and the dove as the slow but also lazy System 2 who takes over things get difficult.

“In the unlikely event of this book being made into a film, System 2 would be a supporting character who believes herself to be the hero. But here operations are effortful and one of her main characteristics is laziness, a reluctance to invest more effort than is strictly necessary. As a consequence, the thoughts and actions that System 2 believes it has chosen are often guided by the figure at the center of the story, Sytem 1. However, there are vital tasks that only System 2 can perform because they require effort and acts of self-control in which intuitions and impulses of System 1 are overcome.”

Enjoy the drawing. It’s bilingual but I hope it speaks for itself. Enjoy the reading: