Bush doesn't reflect on his actions, he never questions his own decisions...worse he would never admit he made mistakes...in Bush world admitting mistakes is a sign of weakness, where in fact it would be a sign of strength...Being wise is being able to admit your actions were wrong.i wrote this post some time ago:it truly seems that the Bush administration at somepoint lost all sense of objectivity. It started tobelieve in its own lies....and still continues to doso and probably will continue to do so...Many peopleget married to their ideas all the way to thegrave...it takes courage to admit mistakes....Psychologically it's well-known that decision makerstend to seek out information that supports theirexisting point of view while avoiding information thatcontradicts their opinion. I'm just reading "The Wisdom of crowds" and a sectionabout "groupthink".Homogeneous groups, particularly small ones, are oftenvictims of what the psychologist Irving Janis called“Groupthink”.After a detailed study of a series of Americanforeign-policy fiascos, including the Bay of Pigsinvasion and the failure to anticipate Pearl Harbour,Janis argued that when decision-makers are too muchalike (in worldview and mind-set) they easily fallprey to groupthink.Homogeous groups become cohesive more easily thandiverse groups, and as they become more cohesive theyalso become more dependent on the group, moreinsulated from outside opinions, and therefore moreconvinced that group's judgement on important issuesmust be right. These kinds of groups, Janis suggested,share an illusion of invulnerability, a willingness torationalize away possible counterarguments to thegroup's position and a conviction that dissent is notuseful.Janis' work suggests that the odds of a homogenousgroup of people reaching a good decision are slim atbest....Alexander
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