FOLLOW BOREME
TAGS
<< Back to listing
The man who saved the world, literally

The man who saved the world, literally

(1:16) Stanislav Petrov has died age 77. In 1983, the Soviet officer reported a possible US missile launch as a false alarm, even though he had no way of knowing if it really was.

Share this post

You can comment as a guest, but registering gives you added benefits

Add your comment
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (86 days ago)

Many millions of people owe this man a huge debt of gratitude for having the courage to make the decision he did. Thank heavens for him having the guts to make the right choice over the computer.

Original comment

Many millions of people owe this man a huge debt of gratitude for having the courage to make the decision he did. Thank heavens for him having the guts to make the right choice over the computer.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (86 days ago)

Yeh lets hope all subordinates decide to use their discretion about when to follow protocol and the world will be a much safer place

Original comment

Yeh lets hope all subordinates decide to use their discretion about when to follow protocol and the world will be a much safer place

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (85 days ago)

Disobedience is undervalued. I've made and saved millions for my employer and our customers by questioning and if necessary disregarding the opinions of authority and superiors.

Original comment

Disobedience is undervalued. I've made and saved millions for my employer and our customers by questioning and if necessary disregarding the opinions of authority and superiors.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (85 days ago)

Wow you must be really amazing and gifted. But not everyone as amazing and gifted as you. and quite often people who think they are, are not, so disobedience isn't something we should encourage. There's a thin line between bravery and stupidity, independence and arrogance, and Stanislav got lucky this time.

Original comment

Wow you must be really amazing and gifted. But not everyone as amazing and gifted as you. and quite often people who think they are, are not, so disobedience isn't something we should encourage. There's a thin line between bravery and stupidity, independence and arrogance, and Stanislav got lucky this time.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
WalterEgo WalterEgo (85 days ago)

I don't think Stanislav got lucky - it was the only logical action.

It was a false alarm. Stanislav saved millions of American and Russian lives by not launching.

But had it been a real missile attack, Stanislav would have saved millions of American lives, even though millions of Russians would have perished.

Had he launched, millions of American and Russian lives would have perished - even if it was a false alarm - because the Americans would have retaliated.

The problem with the nuclear deterrent, is that it only deters nuclear war between sane leaders. Today we have 2 insane leaders at loggerheads. What could possibly go wrong?

Original comment

I don't think Stanislav got lucky - it was the only logical action.

It was a false alarm. Stanislav saved millions of American and Russian lives by not launching.

But had it been a real missile attack, Stanislav would have saved millions of American lives, even though millions of Russians would have perished.

Had he launched, millions of American and Russian lives would have perished - even if it was a false alarm - because the Americans would have retaliated.

The problem with the nuclear deterrent, is that it only deters nuclear war between sane leaders. Today we have 2 insane leaders at loggerheads. What could possibly go wrong?

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (85 days ago)

If it was a real attack it might the first strike of several and failing to fire back could lead to even more of your country being destroyyed. You need to have systems accurate enough to tell a false alarm from a real threat, not you need to have people who are ballsy enough to guess. We have 2 insane leaders...lets encourage people to be disobedient and ignore orders in general. What could possibly go wrong?

Original comment

If it was a real attack it might the first strike of several and failing to fire back could lead to even more of your country being destroyyed. You need to have systems accurate enough to tell a false alarm from a real threat, not you need to have people who are ballsy enough to guess. We have 2 insane leaders...lets encourage people to be disobedient and ignore orders in general. What could possibly go wrong?

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (84 days ago)
Latest comment:

Maybe what Walter is trying to say is that it's logical to disobey faulty computer systems and megalomaniac right-wing leaders, but other than that it's not a good idea. Ideally, he would like to let us know which leaders we should obey and which we shouldn't.

Original comment
Latest comment:

Maybe what Walter is trying to say is that it's logical to disobey faulty computer systems and megalomaniac right-wing leaders, but other than that it's not a good idea. Ideally, he would like to let us know which leaders we should obey and which we shouldn't.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (85 days ago)

Google the Peter Principle. The useless people tend to accumulate on the top.

Why on earth would you follow directions from imbeciles if you know it's counter-productive for the stakeholders.

Original comment

Google the Peter Principle. The useless people tend to accumulate on the top.

Why on earth would you follow directions from imbeciles if you know it's counter-productive for the stakeholders.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (85 days ago)

Google the Dunning Kruger effect. People without much knowledge usually think they're pretty clever and therefore capable of choosing when to disobey their superiors.

Original comment

Google the Dunning Kruger effect. People without much knowledge usually think they're pretty clever and therefore capable of choosing when to disobey their superiors.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (85 days ago)

How do you think the Dunning Kruger effect is typically distributed within an organization? I believe the distribution is pretty top heavy.

Original comment

How do you think the Dunning Kruger effect is typically distributed within an organization? I believe the distribution is pretty top heavy.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (84 days ago)

If you stay in a sector you accumulate experience and knowledge and you also generally rise through the ranks. Dunning Kruger is probably therefore more common in the lower ranks where people join up thinking its a piece of cake. The problem in the higher ranks is usually about attitude rather than lack of knowledge or ability.

Original comment

If you stay in a sector you accumulate experience and knowledge and you also generally rise through the ranks. Dunning Kruger is probably therefore more common in the lower ranks where people join up thinking its a piece of cake. The problem in the higher ranks is usually about attitude rather than lack of knowledge or ability.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (84 days ago)

Seems like you've been working for better companies than me.

Original comment

Seems like you've been working for better companies than me.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
Guest: (85 days ago)

A genuine demonstration of common sense which, these days, isn't so common.

Original comment

A genuine demonstration of common sense which, these days, isn't so common.

Add your reply
Submit as guest (your name)

Copy code captcha


Submit as member (username / password)

CANCEL
RELATED POSTS
The man who saved the world, literally
The man who saved the world, literally
The Theory of Nuclear Winter
The Theory of Nuclear Winter