Table of contents for Deadly decisions : how false knowledge sank the Titanic, blew up the shuttle and led America into war / Christopher Burns.


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1. FALSE KNOWLEDGE                                17
Titanic: Unsinkable                             17
Medicine, Money, and War: Unthinkable           23
2. VIRTUAL TRUTH                                  31
Three Mile Island: The Opposite Is True         32
Ignore, Deny, Forget                            40
Shuttle Challenger No One Is to Blame           44
A Conspiracy of Silence                         54
3. MEMBERS OF THE MIND                             59
The Truthful Brain                               61
Some Things Must Be Believed to Be Seen         69
USS Vincennes: The System Worked Fine           76
Faster Than the Speed of Thought                85
4. CHALLENGING TRUTH                               93
Betsy Lehman: Truth to Power                    94
The Truthful Team                               99
Inspiration, Reason, and Consensus              102
1,,es Philosophes                               109
5. THE INFORMATION WAR                            119
The Stag Hunt                                   122
Blinking Red                                    132
Facts, Values, and Concepts                    138
9/11: Reality Hits Home                         140
What Went Wrong?                               155
6. DEADLY DECISIONS                               161
The Information Bubble                          162
Katrina: Warners and Warnees                    165
Uncertainty Absorption                         172
Mrs. Aristotle's Teeth                          178
Six Tests for Truth                             183
The Truth/Action Paradox                        188
"7. THE COMING EPIDEMIC                            191
Avian Flu: The Facts                            192
Believing WHO?                                  202
Considering Disaster                            206
8. WALTZING INTO WAR                               213
Faking the News                                 213
Manufacturing Truth                             225
There Is Less to This Than Meets the Eye        232
Invading Iraq: The Smoking Gun                  245
Mission Accomplished                            259
9. TRUTH SYSTEMS                                   267
The Truthful Organization                       269
Truth Systems Crumble                           275
Can Democracy Survive?                          281
The Machinery of Knowledge                      285
So?                                             292
The Future Isn't What It Used to Be             297



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