8.28 - 8/28/07 3 Levels of Analysis 1. Man A. Human Nature...

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8/28/07 3 Levels of Analysis 1. Man A. Human Nature -humans are animals, animals inherently group and make war -there is a relationship between organism and environment -hormones must be harnessed and controlled *while human nature explains why humans war, it does not explain the patterns of human warfare B. Human Error 1. Perception affects response to a situation 2. People who bring bad news are often punished -results in poor transfer of information up the chain of command 3. Humans are naturally biased 4. Cognitive Failure -incorrect processing of information -cognitive dissonance: actions and beliefs clash -the idea of an ally backstabbing, or vice-versa -bolstering: making your ideal more secure by throwing out adverse evidence and playing up weak supporting evidence -premature closure: convincing yourself of a truth despite evidence to the contrary C. “Great Man” (“Consequential Man”) Theory -the idea that some humans matter, or individuals can influence history -examples: Hitler, Churchill
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2008 for the course GOVT 1817 taught by Professor Katzenstein, p during the Fall '05 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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8.28 - 8/28/07 3 Levels of Analysis 1. Man A. Human Nature...

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