Human Nature & Complexity:
You're walking your dog, finally enjoying a weekend off. You look ahead... can it be?? no way? YES WAY! An ocean of metal and flesh-eating zombies coming your way. Conveniently someone left their car running in the street, and it is the only chance you have to get the heck out of there. The zombies are only 100 ft away. You grab fluffy and hop in the car. Phew, you're in! But wait... you realize nothing is the same, it has no shift gear in the middle, the brake and gas pedals are not by your feet, the steering wheel is on the ceiling; WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS THING?!
Well, we can all imagine how that went right; poor pup. The same thing happened to a WWll pilot, but instead of zombies it was Japanese fighter planes; and rather than a discombobulated car, it was a redesigned unfamiliar cockpit. Complexity can be a blessing and a curse. The more layers a design has, the more efficient and less vulnerable it can be; but it can also become extremely complicated in diagnosing a malfunction.
Human nature, as we seen in the past examples such as the Challenger, the Titanic, and the Hindenburg; were all influenced by human nature that ultimately lead to their catastrophic endings. Whether it was politics, overconfidence, biases, or lack of attention. Not only do we play a pivotal role in the demise of many disasters; but we also partially make up for it by figuring out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.