Errornomics : Why We Make Mistakes and What We Can Do to Avoid Them, Paperback

Errornomics : Why We Make Mistakes and What We Can Do to Avoid Them Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


How did security staff at LA International Airport miss 75 per cent of bomb-making materials that went through screening?

Which way should you turn before joining a supermarket queue?

Why should a woman hope it was a man who witnessed her bag being snatched? And what possessed Burt Reynolds to punch a guy with no legs?

Human beings can be stubbornly irrational and wilfully blind ...but at least we're predictably wrong.

From minor lapses (why we're so likely to forget passwords) to life-threatening blunders (why anaesthetists used to maim their patients), Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Joseph T.

Hallinan explains the everyday mistakes that shape our lives, and what we can do to prevent them happening.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780091932633



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The back cover categorises this book as "Popular Psychology". It covers the general topic of behavioural effects of the human mind makeup and the way this manifests in mistakes we make. It is a well condensed book with a good set of references/ sources. I have read several books in this field, but this still had several examples that were new to me. There are insert summary paragraphs thoughout and a good structure of quite small blocks of information, all with headers so that you are not wading through acres of print waiting for a point to come up for air. The only problem I had occasionally, and this in some ways made it more interesting, is that I'm European/British but this is written heavily to American cultural references. So that, for example, in the error case when familiarity means we don't remember details; the pictures and descriptions are of US coins. For geography, the example is California/ Nevada cities. Overall this didn't matter as I've seen reference examples for Europe (Italy slopes SEasterly much more that people assume so cities even halfway down like Rome will mindmap West of "East Europe" countries/ cities like Poland/ Hungary etc.), in fact this was a nice additional layer to the book for anyone that read already in this area.

Also by Joseph T Hallinan