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By Margaret Heffernan

Willful Blindness: Why We forget about the most obvious at our Peril used to be released in 2011. In her most recent ebook, Heffernan argues that the largest threats and hazards we are facing are those we don’t see – now not simply because they’re mystery or invisible, yet simply because we’re willfully blind. She examines the phenomenon and strains its imprint in our deepest and dealing lives, and inside of governments and firms, and asks: What makes us desire lack of awareness? What are we so fearful of? Why do a little humans see greater than others? and the way do we change?

Examining examples of willful blindness within the Catholic Church, the SEC, Nazi Germany, Bernard Madoff’s traders, BP’s safeguard list, the army in Afghanistan and the dog-eat-dog international of subprime personal loan creditors, the ebook demonstrates how failing to see—or admit to ourselves or our colleagues—the concerns and difficulties in undeniable sight can break inner most lives and convey down enterprises. The ebook explores how willful blindness develops after which is going directly to define the various mechanisms, buildings and techniques that associations and members can use to strive against it. In its huge use of mental learn and examples from background, the publication has been in comparison to paintings via Malcolm Gladwell and Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
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They weren’t ghting to become part of a greater communist bloc. They were ghting to become free from all imperial powers. But for anyone to have questioned Cold War orthodoxy within the Johnson administration at the time would have jeopardized status, reputation, and position. McNamara’s blindness doomed him to failure; he could not win the war because he did not understand his opponent. Far from making sense of events, the big idea left him powerless to understand them. And so, ultimately, he lost everything he had striven so hard to protect.

Arthur Bergen, a teenage member of the group, complained that his mother had threatened to call the police if he weren’t home by two the next morning. ”15 Warned not to wear metal of any kind, they fastidiously eliminated it from their clothing—zippers, snaps, belt buckles, bra clips—and removed foil from chewing gum, watches from wrists. The last ten minutes were tense. When one clock said 12:05, a chorus of people pointed out that a slower clock was more accurate. But even when the slower clock con rmed midnight, no one appeared and nothing happened.

The man with a religious belief in the evils of regulating was now in charge of money supply. S. Congress. ”21 “He wanted to do whatever he could to deregulate the market,” says Partnoy, who has studied Greenspan’s career critically for many years. “But he was very clever about it. Rather than lobby upfront for the repeal of Glass-Steagal, he pressed for a series of small incremental changes. I think of it as Swiss cheese: put a few holes in, then a few more— and eventually there’s no cheese left!

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