My recommendation was not the result of having read Kahneman's book. It was intuitive rather than reflective. Intuition, however, is an ambiguous term. It can mean anything from the kind of gut feelings that drove George W. Bush to think he could see into the soul of Vladimir Putin and to send soldiers into battle to the quick thinking of a chess master whose decision to make a move is based on thousands of hours of playing the game. My intuition that Kahneman's book would be an excellent one for those looking to improve their critical thinking ability was based on experience, as many intuitions are that turn out to be right. Recognizing those times when intuition is not to be trusted is not always easy. But even when we do recognize one of those times, being able to overcome a natural way of thinking is not a foregone conclusion. As Kahneman observes:


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