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Innovative thinking about social agency and structure in a global world
Innovative thinking about social agency and structure in a global world

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Patient safety
An issue which is of concern to anyone who receives treatment in a hospital is the topic of patient safety. How likely is it that there will be a serious mistake in treatment -- wrong-site surgery , incorrect medication or radiation dose , exposure to a hos...
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Patient safety
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Turing's journey
A recent post comments on the value of biography as a source of insight into history and thought. Currently I am reading Andrew Hodges'  Alan Turing: The Enigma  (1983), which I am finding fascinating both for its portrayal of the evolution of a brilliant a...
Turing's journey
Turing's journey
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The insights of biography
I have always found biographies a particularly interesting source of learning and stimulation. A recent example is a biography and celebration of Muthuvel Kalaignar Karunanidhi published in a recent issue of the Indian semi-weekly Frontline . Karunanidhi wa...
The insights of biography
The insights of biography
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Safety culture or safety behavior?
Andrew Hopkins is a much-published expert on industrial safety who has an important set of insights into the causes of industrial accidents. Much of his career has focused on the oil and gas industry, but he has written on other sectors as well. Particularl...
Safety culture or safety behavior?
Safety culture or safety behavior?
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Cyber threats
David Sanger's very interesting recent book, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age , is a timely read this month, following the indictments of twelve Russian intelligence officers for hacking the DNC in 2015. Sanger is a national secu...
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Shakespeare on tyranny
Stephen Greenblatt is a literary critic and historian whose insights into philosophy and the contemporary world are genuinely and consistently profound. His most recent book returns to his primary expertise, the corpus of Shakespeare's plays. But it is -- b...
Shakespeare on tyranny
Shakespeare on tyranny
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Social generativity and complexity
The idea of generativity in the realm of the social world expresses the notion that social phenomena are generated by the actions and thoughts of the individuals who constitute them, and nothing else ( link , link ). More specifically, the principle of gene...
Social generativity and complexity
Social generativity and complexity
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What the boss wants to hear ...
According to David Halberstam in his outstanding history of the war in Vietnam, The Best and the Brightest , a prime cause of disastrous decision-making by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson was an institutional imperative in the Defense Department to come up w...
What the boss wants to hear ...
What the boss wants to hear ...
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Regulatory failure
When we think of the issues of health and safety that exist in a modern complex economy, it is impossible to imagine that these social goods will be produced in sufficient quantity and quality by market forces alone. Safety and health hazards are typically ...
Regulatory failure
Regulatory failure
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Empowering the safety officer?
How can industries involving processes that create large risks of harm for individuals or populations be modified so they are more capable of detecting and eliminating the precursors of harmful accidents? How can nuclear accidents, aviation crashes, chemica...
Empowering the safety officer?
Empowering the safety officer?
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