Wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious. Willful blindness : why we ignore the obvious at our peril (Book, 2011) [himaswitch.com] 2019-02-13

Wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious Rating: 7,9/10 1231 reviews

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

Willful blindness had always been something I just noticed, whether with myself or others, and it irks me!! Fear of conflict, fear of change keeps us that way. Why would she blind herself to the fact of his medical condition and marry him, even after his other girlfriends had left him for healthier mates? The series featured, among others, Alan Rickman, Alfred Molina, Janet Suzman, Simon Callow and Jim Broadbent and introduced both historian Simon Schama and playwright Peter Barnes to British television. Wilful Blindness was originally a legal term, but once Heffernan heard the term she started seeing Wilful Blindness everywhere. So too are doubt, skepticism, and argument. Margaret Heffernan is a marvelous storyteller, and the book's heart is her recounting story after story of the most jaw-dropping examples from all arenas of life -- all of them tempered by a constant awareness that I am as prone to lack of awareness as the next person. Being loved, when we are born, keeps us alive; without love for her child, how could any new mother manage or any child survive? Anyone who wants to understand human psychology or want a better understanding of your own self will definitely enjoy this book.

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Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

Mental practice alone can change how our brains operate. ليفيت ليس اقتصادياً نمطياً؛ إنه عالم شجاع أكثر من أي شيء آخر، يدرس المادة والأحاجي في الحياة اليومية ــ من الغش والجريمة إلى الرياضة وتربية الأطفال ــ وتقوم استنتاجاته عادة على قلب الحكمة التقليدية رأساً على عقب. We turn a blind eye in order to feel safe, to avoid conflict, to reduce anxiety, and to protect prestige. It's like Isaac Asimov's I, Robot series, in which the law prohibits the killing of human beings; the robots resolve this by breaking their plans into so many steps that no single one is illegal. I know many of us went through college and never saw a multiple choice exam, maybe a quiz, but not an exam, today they are the norm.

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Margaret Heffernan

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

Whistleblowers often are loners or tend to be on the fringe of groups. It likes the stuff it already recognizes. The abuse in Abu Ghraib was partly caused by tiredness that made them lose their moral compass. So, we feel most comfortable with people and ideas we already know. A distinguished businesswoman and writer, she examines the phenomenon and traces its imprint in our private and working lives, and within governments and organizations, and asks: What makes us prefer ig Margaret Heffernan argues that the biggest threats and dangers we face are the ones we don't see--not because they're secret or invisible,but because we're willfully blind.

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Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Heffernan

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

The greatest strength of the Internet actually seems to be its ability to connect people who share the same attitudes — irrespective of geography. After 24 hours of sleep depravation, the glucose levels in the part of our brain used for making sense of information drops by 12-14%. Academic analysis of their language shows that, confronted by risky situations, the powerful think in more abstract terms, are more optimistic and more certain that they are right. Just what am I missing here? The perceived cost time, effort, reputation, stress, job etc is often too great for many people to push through the innate resistance any system puts up against whistle blowers. Fear of conflict, fear of change keeps us that way. These rings were subcontracted out to Morton Thiokol. The fact this book came with the mention that it reached a shortlist for awards was what attracted me.

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Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril: Margaret Heffernan: himaswitch.com: Books

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

She explains how to expand your mind to be less susceptible to the epidemic of Wilful Blindness. And money has the power to blind us, even to our better selves. When we care more about money, we care less about people. Chief among culprits is power. I'm not sure if this is a quick read or not.

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Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

Higher-order thinking is more expensive. Hefferman writes as a journalist would. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world. John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Workers defraud approximately 5% of business revenues, dwarfing the amount lost through crime. Never mind too big to fail; we now have a large number of companies that may be too big to run.

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Anorak News

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

Not only is she eloquent in her writing, she is also a compelling narrator. Why do we ignore the obvious? She makes her points powerfully, with calm authority. The narratives nearly always follow the same trajectory: years of abuse involving a large number of participants, plenty of warning signs, and, when the problem finally explodes, howls of pain - how could we have been so blind? Media companies understand this perfectly. Because the theme has been explored by so many others, I wondered if Heffernan would have anything original to say. Her research indicated that there was no safe level of radiation for foetuses. It can have devastating consequences to both individuals and communities. This is an excellent book, and really, it is one of those books that every adult with any responsibility should have read before leaving school.

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Wilful blindness

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

Possible solutions to blindness -Be aware that we are all naturally biased -See it personally e. Personally, I put the book on the must read list. The very fact that willful blindness is willed, that it is a product of a rich mix of experience, knowledge, thinking, neurons, and neuroses, is what gives us the capacity to change it. Why do some people see what others don't? She also produced music videos with Virgin Records and the London Chamber Orchestra to raise attention and funds for Unicef's Lebanese fund. They could in this way be inspired to help 'outsiders' to overcome their malaise. Drawing on a wide array of sources from psychological studies and social statistics to interviews with the relevant protagonists she examines what it is about human nature which makes us so prone to wilful blindness. Everyone is biased in favour of themselves; it may be one reason why, despite decades of diversity programmes, women and minorities have made so little progress inside corporations.

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Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

For experienced anesthesiologists, the cases present an opportunity to learn about recently introduced devices and techniques they may wish to incorporate into their clinical practice. I'm not sure if this is a quick read or not. But the underlying mechanisms fuelling denial are more complex, and far more dangerous in that they put us at even greater risk. We naturally and unconsciously cluster together with other like-minded people. I think it's an important read, and interesting.

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Summary of Wilful Blindness

wilful blindness why we ignore the obvious

And how can we change? وصحيح أن المال شيء حسن، لكن اهتمامك بما تفعله بحياتك أحسن كثيرًا؛ فالتجربة هي الثروة الحقيقية. In such popular psychology books, depth is sometimes lacking, but her aim is to get a message across, and that message is sobering. She examines the phenomenon and traces its imprint in our private and working lives, and within governments and organizations, and asks: What makes us prefer ignorance? Nevertheless, I think there's a lot of meat in this book. In one study, 85% of Executives admitted they did not raise an issue with their boss at some point in their careers. Which means just a post facto justification.

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