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From: The Washington Post

Daniel Kahneman, Nobel-winning economist, dies at 90

Daniel Kahneman, an Israeli-American psychologist and best-selling author whose Nobel Prize-winning research upended economics — as well as fields ranging from sports to public health — by demonstrating the extent to which people abandon logic and leap to conclusions, died March 27. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by his stepdaughter Deborah Treisman, the fiction editor for the New Yorker. She did not say where or how he died.

Dr. Kahneman’s research was best known for debunking the notion of “homo economicus,” the “economic man” who since the epoch of Adam Smith was considered a rational being who acts out of self-interest. Instead, Dr. Kahneman found, people rely on intellectual shortcuts that often lead to wrongheaded decisions that go against their own best interest.

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Professor Kahneman pursued important issues in Psychology. His impact beyond our discipline is noteworthy. Sympathies are expressed to his and Dr. Reitman’s family. I was glad to meet them when they arrived from Canada to UC Berkeley. Their contributions to Psychology were immense.

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