In Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori and Rom Brafman, a first variation is presented, consisting of KLM Flight 4805 and Captain Jacob Van Zanten. Van Zanten was, “one of the most experienced and accomplished pilots in the world” (10) yet, he still chose not to abide by the regulations set forth for the safety of everyone. During his last flight, Van Zanten was forced to take a detour to a nearby small island airport. As time progressed, Van Zanten grew more and more worrisome not because his passengers would be late, but because his prestigious record as a perfect pilot was on the line. According to Chris Mooney, in his article, he states that “we push threatening information away; we pull friendly information close” (45); a...
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...t she got from breaking the law. Her pleasure seeking area of the brain kicked in and she blindly followed it. Rather than evaluating her circumstances, she continues to follow her diagnosis bias, meaning she is unable to “reconsider those initial value judgments” (Brafman) once they were made. Her sway had placed her in a right winged situation where she firmly believes that she will only gain pleasure from breaking rules.
In the Syrian City of Deraa, several young children are arrested for antigovernment speech. This sparks a small flame that eventually led to ginormous flames of revolution against the regime. Initially the protesters simply wanted to loosen the noose that was tied on them by the government only slightly, but as the government grip tightening; their plea for freedom grew (What’s happening in Syria). Being universal men, they could “think of no
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