Cassandra and Curiosity

Picked up this book, “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes” by Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy.

Cassandra was a Greek mythology figure. She could foretell the future, and she was also cursed because no one believed her.

These people exist in real life. These “Cassandras” are experts in their field, and a lot of them are ignored when they spoke up.

Sometimes warnings from these “Cassandras” are wrong. We live in a complex time after all. There are many opinionated “Cassandra” wanna-be, so how do you tell the difference?

  • “Cassandras” are data driven.
  • They are questioners by nature. They ask the hard questions.
  • They have a sense of personal responsibility. To some extent, they think it’s their job to protect all of us.

Why do we ignore them when some major disasters probably could have been prevented or largely mitigated? Humans have biases, and we often fail with our emotions overcoming our curiosity.

Curiosity is not only a new frontier but also a matter of survival.

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