-Exposure Anxiety: fear of being seen as weak
-Causefusion: confusing the causes of complex events
-Flat View: seeing the world in one dimension
-Cure-Allism: thinking that one-size solutions can solve all problems
-Infomania: an obsessive relationship to information
-Mirror Imaging: thinking the other side thinks like you do
-Static Cling: the refusal to accept that circumstances have changed
Drawing on examples from history, politics, business and economics, health care, even folk tales and popular culture, Shore illustrates the profound impact blunders can have. But he also emphasizes how understanding these seven simple cognition traps can help us all make wiser judgments in our daily lives. Blunder shines the penetrating spotlight of history on decision making and the patterns of thought that can lead us all astray.
Zachary Shore is a professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and a senior fellow at Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies. He has served on the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State through support from the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also worked as a national security fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Shore earned his doctorate in history from Oxford and has won numerous academic honors. The author of What Hitler Knew and Breeding Bin Ladens, he lives in Berkeley, California.