Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
A book that will open eyes to the most serious problem of our times.
In the case of the US Government versus Enron, the presiding judge chose to employ the legal concept of willful blindness: you are responsible if you could have known, and should have known, something which instead you strove not to see. The guilty verdict sent shivers down the spine of the corporate world. In this book, Margaret Heffernan draws on psychological studies, social statistics, interviews with relevant protagonists, and her own experience to throw light on willful blindness and why whistleblowers and Cassandras are so rare. Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to the family, this engaging and anecdotal book will explain why willful blindness is so dangerous in a globalized, interconnected world, before suggesting ways in which institutions and individuals can start to combat it. Margaret Heffernan's thought-provoking book will force us to open our eyes.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Willful Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious at our perilUser Review - Bruce Prescott - Goodreads
Outstanding book! Two thumbs up! Highly recommended! Essential reading for the willfully blind guides leading the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and CBF Oklahoma. Read full review
Review: Willful Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious at our perilUser Review - Eamonn - Goodreads
In her latest book, 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. She examines ... Read full review
1AFFINITY AND BEYOND
2LOVE IS BLIND
4THE LIMITS OF YOUR MIND
5THE OSTRICH INSTRUCTION
6JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS
7THE CULT OF CULTURES
9OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR