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Why do trains crash when the signals are working Why does a nuclear reactor melt down with all operators alert at their posts Why do so many of well-planned professional and personal plans frequently do not accomplish desired results Dietrich Dorner considers why we make mistakes which result in terrible outcomes even though we have intelligence experience and information about the issues we had made decisions According to Dorner it is not because of our negligence or carelessness but because of what he calls the logic of failure By this concept he means that there is certain tendencies in our patterns of thought such as considering one aspect at a time cause and effect and linear thinking In other words we make decisions and conclusion that would work appropriately in a simple world but which have serious and disastrous consequences for the complex world we live in The author gives plenty of examples in his book He bases a lot of examples on his absorbing computer stimulation invention According to the findings he made he exposes us to the flaws we have in our ways of thinking He uses various examples Why did the Aswan Dam planners who induced the cheap electricity to Egypt not realize that they would at the same time halt the annual floods that for a millennium had kept the Nile fruitful and fertile Or why did planners of Third World health programs not realize that increased life expectancy requires increased food Thereby these health programs ended up contributing starvation With these plus with all the other examples of the experiments he mentioned in the book he is aiming to teach us how we are suppose to solve complex problems in the different type of situations In addition he introduced as to the basic decision making model that can be used as a framework in the decision making process His purpose was to make The Logic of Failure a
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