Willful blindness
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Willful blindness

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Published by Walker Pub. Co. in New York .
Written in English


  • Belief and doubt,
  • Rationalization (Psychology),
  • Consciousness

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementby Margaret Heffernan
LC ClassificationsBF337.R28 H44 2011
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25041572M
ISBN 109780802719980
LC Control Number2010031096

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Professor, blogger and documentary-film producer Margaret Heffernan borrows an analogy from neuroscientist Robert Burton to explain “willful blindness”: Like water moving in a riverbed, the flow of ideas, experiences and information over time carves out 8/10(). She writes in the book: Whether individual or collective, willful blindness doesn’t have a single driver, but many. It is a human phenomenon to which we all succumb in matters little and large. We can’t notice and know everything: the cognitive limits of our brain simply won’t let us. That means we have to filter or edit what we take in.   The NOOK Book (eBook) of the Willful Blindness by James Ramsey at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $35 or more! Due to COVID, orders may be delayed. Thank you for your patience. Book Annex Membership Educators Gift Cards Stores & Events Help Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. Pages: the legal concept of willful blindness is that it carries no implication that the avoidance of the truth is conscious. But I am interested in why we choose to keep ourselves in the dark. Here are some key quotes from the book. (Note: The “#s” following each quote indicate the Kindle App for the iMac “location” of the quote in the book.).