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Deadly decisions : how false knowledge sank the Titanic, blew up the shuttle and led America into war

Author: Christopher Burns
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2008. ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the country's leading experts on modern information management, searches the biology of the brain, the behavior of groups, and the structure of organizations for practical answers to the problem of "virtual truth": elaborate constructs of internally consistent evidence and assumptions that purport to describe reality but can often be dead wrong.--From publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Burns, Christopher, 1942-
Deadly decisions.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2008
(OCoLC)682120100
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Burns
ISBN: 9781591026600 1591026601
OCLC Number: 235025722
Description: 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. False knowledge : Titanic: unsinkable ; Medicine, money and war: unthinkable --
2. Virtual truth : Three Mile Island: the opposite is true ; Ignore, deny, forget ; Shuttle Challenger: no one is to blame ; A conspiracy of silence --
3. Members of the mind : The truthful brain ; Some things must be believed to be seen ; USS Vincennes: the system worked fine ; Faster than the speed of thought --
4. Challenging truth : Betsy Lehman: truth to power ; The truthful team ; Inspiration, reason, and consensus ; Les Philosophes --
5. The information war : The stag hunt ; Blinking red ; Facts, values, and concepts ; 9/11: reality hits home ; What went wrong? --
6. Deadly decisions : The information bubble ; Katrina: warners and warnees ; Uncertainty absorption ; Mrs. Aristotle's teeth ; Six tests for truth ; The truth/action paradox --
7. The coming epidemic : Avian flu: the facts ; Believing WHO? ; Considering disaster --
8. Waltzing into war : Faking the news ; Manufacturing truth ; There is less to this than meets the eye ; Invading Iraq: the smoking gun ; Mission accomplished --
9. Truth systems : The truthful organization ; Truth systems crumble ; Can democracy survive? ; So? ; The future isn't what it used to be.
Responsibility: Christopher Burns.
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One of the country's leading experts on modern information management, searches the biology of the brain, the behavior of groups, and the structure of organizations for practical answers to the problem of "virtual truth": elaborate constructs of internally consistent evidence and assumptions that purport to describe reality but can often be dead wrong.--From publisher description.

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