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Daniel Kahneman on Making Intelligent Decisions in a Chaotic World

How we can identify bias and human error in organisations and implement a noise reduction strategy to correct it

’I’ve called Daniel Kahneman the world’s most influential living psychologist and I believe that is true. He pretty much created the field of behavioural economics and has revolutionised large parts of cognitive psychology and social psychology.’ – Steven Pinker 

Daniel Kahneman shot to fame in 2002 when he won the Nobel prize in economics for his work on the psychology of human judgment and decision-making. His first book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, was a worldwide bestseller and set out his revolutionary ideas about how human error and bias can be recognised and mitigated. Now Kahneman is back with an acclaimed follow-up, Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, in which he sets out how businesses and governments can make smarter, swifter and more accurate decisions in our increasingly frenetic world. 

In May 2022 Kahneman came to the Intelligence Squared stage for a rare live event in the UK – his first since 2014 – alongside his co-author Olivier Sibony. Together they argued that the key to creating successful organisations lies in reducing ‘noise’, defined as unwanted variability in human judgment. They set out a strategy for how we can identify bias and human error in organisations and implement a noise reduction strategy to correct it. They also examined the rise of artificial intelligence and discussed what this will mean for the future of decision-making. Join us for an evening of insight, understanding and a rare prescription for making coherent choices in a chaotic world. 

Praise for Noise:

‘This important book shows us why noise matters, why there’s so much more of it than we realize, and how to reduce it. Implementing their advice would give us more profitable businesses, healthier citizens, a fairer legal system, and happier lives’ –

Jonathan Haidt, NYU Stern School of Business

‘Noise may be the most important book I’ve read in more than a decade. A masterpiece’ – Angela Duckworth, author of Grit 

‘Get ready for some of the world’s greatest minds to help you rethink how you evaluate people, make decisions, and solve problems’ – Adam Grant, author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife 

‘A masterful achievement and a landmark in the field of psychology’ – Philip E. Tetlock, coauthor of Superforecasting

‘An electrifying exploration of the human mind, this book will permanently change the way we think about the scale and scope of bias’ – David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and author of Tribes 




Daniel Kahneman

Psychologist and author of the international bestseller Thinking, Fast and Slow

Author of the international bestseller Thinking, Fast and Slow. He won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and the National Medal of Freedom in 2013. Kahneman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology at Princeton University and a Professor of Public Affairs at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Associations.

Olivier Sibony

Professor of Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris and author of You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake!

Professor of Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris. Previously, he spent twenty-five years in the Paris and New York offices of McKinsey & Company, where he was a senior partner. Sibony’s research on improving the quality of strategic decision-making has been featured in many publications, including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is the author of You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake!

Ritula Shah

BBC journalist and broadcaster

Award-winning BBC journalist and broadcaster. She is the main presenter of the World Tonight, Radio 4’s main evening news programme, which focuses on domestic politics and international affairs. She has presented the programme from all over the world and is passionate about bringing global stories to the widest possible audience. She has also made a number or documentaries and series for Radio 4.