Naive Objectivity and the McNamara Fallacy

In this age of dataharvest many feel a sense of empowerment in their ability to measure and extrapolate from measurement. And indeed, measurement is a magnificently useful tool. But if held too tightly, if the seeming certainty it provides becomes a motivation in itself, the process of measurement can turn on its user. One common way the tool ...

Fukushima nuclear disaster and systemic pathology

I found a journal article that looked at the Fukushima disaster in Japan from a systemic perspective. It argues that there were three main organization-oriented problems leading to the disaster: 1. The power plant was built in a known earthquake zone. 2. Aging of plant equipment, and intentional concealment of associated problems. 3. Deterioration of governing organizations to ...