Re: [SystemSafety] Floods and Electrics

From: Martyn Thomas < >
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:08:30 +0000


On 05/01/2016 06:27, Matthew Squair wrote:
> I'm reading a book by Tavris and Aronson called 'Mistakes were made
> (but not by me)' at the moment. Their central thesis is that reducing
> cognitive dissonance is a major driver in human behavior and that the
> mental gymnastics of self justification we use to achieve such
> minimisation go a long way to explaining how we persist in (very) bad
> decisions. The bigger the investment the stronger the effect of course
> and the less likely folk are to admit that they're wrong.
>
> There are obvious implications for investment decisions in flood
> control measures (or other hazard controls) as well as why people seem
> to discount risks such as flood, bushfire, earthquake and landslide.

This may also explain why most software developers still believe that "test and fix" is preferable to "correct by construction".

Martyn



The System Safety Mailing List
systemsafety_at_xxxxxx Received on Tue Jan 05 2016 - 11:08:39 CET

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Mon Apr 22 2019 - 00:17:07 CEST