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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The Logic of Failure

Like it’s not coming up with ideas, but testing them. The world is full of complex dynamic multi-variable interconnected problems that our brains systematically fail to comprehend. Just a few of many examples would be: Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? However, there isn’t much theory, just some argumentation that humans can’t associate past events with the current situation so they can’t react properly.

Despite the heavy subject diegrich, the writing is crisp and lucid; kudos to whomever translated it from German. Working Why do we make mistakes? Great book that got me to thinking aboput taking whole or systems thinking when it comes to complex problem solving.


Great complexity places high demands on a planner’s capacity to gather information, integrate findings, and design effective actions. Want to Read saving…. Return to Book Page.

Notes on The Logic of Failure by Dietrich Dorner – Max Mednik

The author of this book is a social scientist who uses computer simulations as a way of studying human problem-solving behavior. Feb 06, Peter rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Logic Of Failure: This one brought back memories of undergrad labs, and my impatience running old-fashioned melting point apparatuses that used oil baths and a power knob. He analyzes the psychology of complex systems and speculates on the motivation for the behavior of the participants.

Failures in complex situations as are most of the problems in our ffailure world are due to inability to appreciate the exponential function as in constant per cent growth per year or the presence of feedback loops that make simple linear projections turn out incorrectly. Not what I expected.

Dorner warns that youth and intelligence, well-intentioned though it may be, often come up woefully short when arrayed failhre complex systems. So relying on math to teach you how to is also problematic. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


Such attempts to measure the complexity of a system have in fact been made. He points towards ‘wisdom’ with maddening vagueness.

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

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Oct 03, Mark rated it really liked it. Most aren’t even aware that that they are not aware of the problem. Sep 04, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: My one quibble with the book is that I would have liked to see the author apply his findings to more real-world loigc of bad decision making. Aug 18, John rated it liked it Shelves: Fascinating – the psychology of how we, as humans, fail and try to cope with these failures.

For them, to propose a hypothesis was to understand reality; testing that hypothesis was unnecessary.