Varum?

There are 2 reasons I don’t post as often as I did last year. One is that I am working on a paper on how to cure cancer the best way for a Berlin Symposium August 2-5 and two is that I don’t get many responses to my incredible postings, except “you are arrogant.” I describe an easy cure for cancer and only one group is barely interested. I will give the reasons for the Germanwings plane crash and how to prevent it in the future and only one or two reader would respond. Why should I bother unless you wake up to the truth?

The reason I am writing today is because I am upset by all the “experts” on CNN and BBC who “explain” the plane crash. They don’t understand at all! Here are the facts, 1) The plane’s door was designed by an airplane engineering committee that refused to consult behavioral psychologists, frequent flyers and pilots in designing the door. There is arrogance against psychology in American and European societies. I once quit a school designing committee whose architect Chair said, “We don’t need an industrial psychologist, a parent, a student or a school administrator to join this committee!”, 2) The airline insurance policy excludes psychologists from their committees because they don’t believe in Thorndike’s Law of Effect that would say that if insurance pays the airline more than the full replacement cost of a plane that crashed, that would increase the probability of more crashes!, 3) I resent this morning commentators on CNN and BBC playing psychologists, “You can’t really understand the behavior of the co-pilot.”  This pessimistic attitude that permeates Europe and America media in this century affect people profoundly. We are getting too gloomy. We need the optimist Teddy Roosevelt back, 4) Society hates psychology. All the other explanations for human behavior not withstanding, the only true explanation for the problem in the cockpit is airline executives stupidity. Can you imagine putting Obama and Netanyahu in the cockpit to fly a plane? Pilots and co-pilots must get the best psychological tests of cooperative attitude possible. Assigning pilots and co-pilots randomly to fly a complicated machine with 200 passengers is like you marry the devil and everyone celebrates the take off. Stupid! I did research for my presentation on behavior at UCLA and out of 30 PhD’s in the room not one thought it was important to comment or research why economists rejected psychologists after the 1929 Wall Street crash for 50 years!  You know something, as a maverick psychologist I can tell you one thing: People don’t like for psychologists to show them how they screw up things. All my professional life I was called Arrogant by people like Obama, who love to forgive professionals who screw up things. That is why millions voted for him again after he screws up a lot of things. Varum the plane crashed??  Because many airlines elect or appoint pessimists who have no use for psychologists to help make important decisions that save lives!

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