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Thinking Fast and Slow

‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ the book by Daniel Kahneman had been a consistent bestseller since 2011. I started reading the book but have had taken quite much time to finish and contemplate the concepts he touched upon. Fast and Slow thinking is governed by the activities we deal with every day. Tasks that involve mental activities like problems in mathematics or trying to resolve a critical case, requires deep and intense thinking, where the thinking increases, whereas when we do menial tasks like vacuuming, running and cooking, the thinking slows down. And it is during those moments that we really get hints on the matters we are trying to resolve. The scientist and Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan in a recent interview said, ‘you need to have a hobby, and take as much time off during weekends, it is only during those moments that the great ideas emerge!’ Daniel Kahneman’s ideas were similar to the statement. The way human mind operates is much in an active and less active ode. Ideally the less active mode is the most productive. Thinking is very relative, it slows down, it fastens up, all depending on the to do lists that we have for a day. Your mind is most active when you are doing intense mental exercise like problem solving. That’s like a mind looking for a logical answer. While performing other tasks, the subconscious mind takes over the conscious and answers to the questions emerge. I have seen that with myself, in my dreams I always see things, that I most discuss about during the day, or I most think of. I get answers to the questions in solitude, that bother me the most. The mind in itself is a tool to achieve respective goals.

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Shreyoshi Chakraborti

Shreyoshi Chakraborti

I’m a PhD Student in Biochemistry and Structural Biology at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY and a writer at heart. I hope to connect facts with stories.