Why do we make mistakes? Are there certain errors common to failure, whether in a complex enterprise or daily life? In this truly indispensable book, Dietrich. The Logic of Failure Dietrich Dörner at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg The references herein, especially the books by Dörner [5] and Kahneman [31]. Our office engineering reading group just went through The Logic of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations by Dietrich.

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Apr 21, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: Working with imaginative and often hilarious computer simulations, he analyzes the roots of catastrophe, showing city planners in the very act of creating gridlock and disaster, or public health authorities setting the scene for starvation. The book drags, despite discussing very thoughtful psychological findings.

The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations

This work has important implications for military strategists, statesmen, and public policy practitioners. Concise, direct and up to the point. Then they said that it didn’t correlate at all with IQ, and talked about cool other rationality things. That’s the best encouragement you can muster in the face of continued and predictable human failure?

Sep 16, Andrea James rated it it was amazing.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The links between the variables oblige us to attend to a great many features simultaneously, and that, concomitantly, makes it impossible for us to undertake only one action in a complex system. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Quite compendious, I think.


Especially when the book contains useful info that can be duetrich in the real world. He analyzes the psychology of complex systems and speculates on the motivation for the behavior of the participants.

No logiv or quizzes yet. Jul 07, Temy Chonos rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving…. That inability for us to tackle problems that we know exist but are bad at dealing with can have cascading effects. In addition, his basic attitude was that people fail becuse they arent’t as smart as he is, although h Ultimately, the author of this book was just stringing a bunch of anecdotes together to try to prove that simulated gaming would be a good training method.

He addresses the typical shortcomings planners and researchers demonstrate, their often counterproductive thought processes and behaviors.

Feb 13, James Dierrich rated it really liked it. A presumptuous book full of truisms. We might think of complexity could be regarded as an objective attribute of systems.

The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations by Dietrich Dörner

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I truly believe that safety engineers do not take into account many of the things that Dorner covers in this book. The whole time they were describing how the good vs bad players played I was thinking ‘come on, this basically seems like an IQ test’. All we can do is recognize that “On s’engage partout, et puis l’on voit” – Napoleon, which roughly translates to “One jumps into the fray, then figures out what to do next.

Fascinating – the psychology of how we, as humans, fail and try to cope with these failures.


The Logic of Failure

I keep coming back the quotation attributed to H. Intransparancy, wrongly assumed relationships between factors, the “third variable,” our flawed model of reality, deconditioning abstractions, Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 25, Andy rated it it was ok. Aug 18, John rated it liked it Shelves: Dorner documents several pathological thinking styles he encounters in his experiments. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The book recommends greater reflection and also to use more simulations so that we can practice our decision-making skills.

Mar 11, Annm rated it it was ok. In fact, Doerner can rather predictably get participants to fail even when they are given essentially complete knowledge of the situation and no individual aspect is beyond the comprehension of a 3rd grader–for one simple example, asking people to try and control the temperature of a freezer with access to the chiller power, but not a thermostat.

When I started reading the book, I found it very interesting to see the fails in the human way of thinking in complex situations. But he offers no evidence that playing these games leads to good relevant outcomes.

This quote from the book sums it up well: This book was recommended to me by someone at work and I’m pretty glad he did.