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Taboo Scenarios: How to Think About the Unthinkable

Taboos are a universal feature of social systems. Even the most avowedly open-minded organizations place tacit constraints on what can be said and even thought. Business leaders ignore these constraints at their peril. This article by Paul Schoemaker and Phil Tetlock examines the role of the sacred, profane, and taboo in society, and links these phenomena to the psychology of moral outrage.

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