Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Failure of Imagination

"Almost every fire or major failure we looked at in the refinery resulted from a chain of events that no one had even anticipated or thought possible, generally in combination with a series of stupid human screwups."

So there then is your Bermuda Triangle. Funny that people have no trouble imagining Martians or death rays from Atlantis, but will balk at the chains of coincidences, weather events, technical failures, and human errors that really cause freak accidents.

Such human follies would be funny if the same irrationality and mysticism that makes people go for a three hour deep sea fishing tour shit faced, in some leaky tub, without lifejackets, with a radio full of loose contacts, with no navigational instrument save an atlas, in the face of an oncoming hurricane and then wonder why they get zapped by the death rays from Atlantis didn't make others fly airliners into skyscrapers.

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