February 16, 2014

The ethics of emergent organisational stupidity

Confirmation bias, embarassment and organisational ethics. Or: why the FBI thought a person without passport could travel across the Atlantic to do terrorism, and the DHS fought tooth and nail to hide a minor bureaucratic mishap.

Anybody believing in conspiracy theory should take into account that the conspiracy will be just as full of these kind of pathologies as real organisations. It will do crazy things to protect itself from imaginary threats, cover-up minor things with enormous effort, and occasionally convince itself that random people Know Too Much. Which then lead to further craziness.

Posted by Anders3 at February 16, 2014 05:58 PM