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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Copacati - LibraryThing
This book should be required reading for every college business and environmental student. If there is a way to save our present society, an understanding of this material will be a crucial part of it ... Read full review
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This book is about the way in which we go along with things; the way in which we fail to take control. Heffernan looks at the BP crisis, the mortgage disaster and many other crises. In many cases ... 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