Exploring the connection between AQAL and Kahneman's Thinking Fast & Slow



I want to invite you guys to check out my recent appearance on the podcast series The Integral Stage, where I explore the connection between the AQAL model and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast & Slow and also the connetion this has to the different branches of phenomenology.

I’m arguing that we can have an adaptation of AQAL that is simplified and approximated to align for the interior left quadrants with the System 1 and System 2 of Kahneman’s cognitive model. We thus end up with 4 aspects of the inner world, which correspond to 1st person epistemics and 2nd person epistemics and there is a System 1 and System 2 for each of these. There are then 4 branches of phenomenology which help us hone our thinking with regard to each of these. Of course, the right quadrants are also essential to the overall framework, but other people have done extensive work in those areas and I think the interior quadrants have been kind of neglected. I’m trying to produce educational materials based on this to serve as a more easily understandable and inspiring way of helping citizens relate to each other, including people who come from different background in life, and also helping them sort out fact from fiction in the news. Check out this podcast and let me know what you think.


I like your approach Brandon. You are looking into a “surf zone” that I don’t see clearly looked into.

Also appreciate the mention and introduction to Kahneman. Kahneman’s Thinking Fast & Slow, at least for me, helps to get past much of the either intuitive or rational world view discussions. The distinction between intuitive/fast and rational/slow helps with seeing what can be our unbridled confirmation biases.


Thanks @FermentedAgave. Yeah and the point of recognizing these different branches of phenomenology is to be able to hone our thinking, feeling, relating, and participating skills.