Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

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by Margaret Heffernan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802719988

ISBN-13: 9780802719980

Pub. Date: 03/01/2011

Publisher: Walker & Company

Why, after every major accident and blunder, do we look back and say, How could we have been so blind? Why do some people see what others don't? And how can we change? Drawing on studies by psychologists and neuroscientists, and from interviews with business leaders, whistleblowers, and white collar criminals, distinguished businesswoman and writer Margaret

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Why, after every major accident and blunder, do we look back and say, How could we have been so blind? Why do some people see what others don't? And how can we change? Drawing on studies by psychologists and neuroscientists, and from interviews with business leaders, whistleblowers, and white collar criminals, distinguished businesswoman and writer Margaret Heffernan examines the phenomenon of willful blindness, exploring the reasons that individuals and groups are blind to impending personal tragedies, corporate collapses, engineering failures-even crimes against humanity.

We turn a blind eye in order to feel safe, to avoid conflict, to reduce anxiety, and to protect prestige. But greater understanding leads to solutions, and Heffernan shows how-by challenging our biases, encouraging debate, discouraging conformity, and not backing away from difficult or complicated problems-we can be more mindful of what's going on around us and be proactive instead of reactive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802719980
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................1
1 Affinity and Beyond....................5
2 Love Is Blind....................22
3 Dangerous Convictions....................44
4 The Limits of Your Mind....................66
5 The Ostrich Instruction....................83
6 Just Following Orders....................107
7 The Cult of Cultures....................125
8 Bystanders....................146
9 Out of Sight, Out of Mind....................161
10 De-Moralizing Work....................182
11 Cassandra....................200
12 See Better....................222
Acknowledgments....................249
Notes....................251
Bibliography....................267
Index....................287

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Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book contains some interesting insights, it's ultimately less scientific than it ought to be. The author is not an authority on the subject, nor does she miss an opportunity to offer up her own ideology where it suits her.
Susan Radtke More than 1 year ago
This book will change your perceptions and maybe our collective behavoir.
Margie3 More than 1 year ago
We really DON'T want to know the information in this book. BUT we NEED to know it. It explains so many of the problems we have with ourselves and with our wider world. As the author's information piles up, I find that it sometimes reaches a tipping point in me. I am actually making some changes.