Dumb Arguments: Confronting The Dark Side of the Human Condition

Dumb Arguments:

Confronting The Dark Side of the Human Condition

by Ian I. Mitroff

In 2015, I self-published Dumb, Deranged, and Dangerous: A Smart Guide to Combatting Dumb Arguments[i]. It laid out the scope of Dumb Arguments as they were…

Imagining the Unimaginable:

On the Dire Need to Think and Act Systemically

Imagining the Unimaginable:

On the Dire Need to Think and Act Systemically

by Ian I. Mitroff

The need to think and act Systemically — to see The Big Picture — has never been more critical. Indeed, as the…

The Big, Big Picture: Preparing for the Next Calamities

The Big, Big Picture

Preparing for the Next Calamities

by Ian I. Mitroff

If we are to have any hope of dealing any better with the next Godawful calamities, whatever they are, then as best we can, we need to have…

Surviving Collective Trauma:

When a Nation as a Whole Has Been Traumatized

by Ian I Mitroff

More often than not, it takes a lifetime for those who’ve been traumatized to achieve a modicum of “recovery.” In fact, the more often one has been traumatized or suffered multiple forms of it…

Errors of the Third Kind: The Dangers of Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely

Errors of the Third Kind:

The Dangers of Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely

One of the most important but least known errors is the Error of the Third Kind, or E3 for short. E3 is the “error…

Treating the Collective the Mental Health and Well-Being of Society

Treating the Collective the Mental Health and Well-Being of Society

Before one can treat the problems of a complex society, one needs to have the best, most honest assessment possible. But this means confronting the fact that no amount of…

The Socially Responsible Organization:

The Moral Underpinnings of Crisis Management

Ethics and Morality are the very foundations of the Socially Responsible/Crisis Prepared Organization. But this only raises the fundamental questions, “What are the Ethical and Moral foundations of the Socially Responsible Organization? How do they come about? …

The Standoff: More Polarized Than Ever

The Standoff:

More Polarized Than Ever

One of the greatest difficulties in dealing with today’s world is that on every front of our existence, we’re more polarized than ever. Every aspect of our lives is riddled through and through with arguments of the most…

Perverse Epistemology:

The Contrast Between Conspiratorial and Rational Thinking

The contrast between Conspiratorial and Rational Thinking couldn’t be greater. To our detriment, the gap between them grows greater with every passing day.

The differences between how Reasoned and Conspiratorial Thinking conduct Inquiry — indeed the very meaning they accord it…

Why I Write:

To Make Ideas Clear to Others and Myself

As far as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed writing. But during these godawful awful times of Covid and all the bad things that are happening in the world, it’s been a godsend.

I not only write to explore…

Ian Mitroff

professor emeritus USC

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