Swiss Cheese Theory  

rm_MustangD6644 53M
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4/13/2006 7:49 pm

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4/16/2006 10:43 pm

Swiss Cheese Theory

So what is "Swiss Cheese Theory" you are no doubt wondering?

Is it something to do with Wallace and Gromit? No, but given Wallace's love of cheese, "It's the Cheese, Gromit, the Cheese", you could be forgiven for thinking that.

"Swiss Cheese Theory" actually has to do with Crash Investigation, primarily in Aviation.

Allow me to explain.

In a major aviation disaster there are usually a series of little events which lead up to the actual disaster. These "normal" little events which on their own are not enough to cause a disaster all somehow contribute to the making of the disaster. These events somehow slipped through the various safety devices and procedures and then resulted in the crash.

This is where the "Swiss Cheese" comes in as a means to easily explain how the sequence of events occurred. Visualise a block of Swiss Cheese divided into vertical slices, with the slices representing the various safety measures and procedures. If the slice is solid where a particular event occurs, it represents a successful blocking of an event by a safety measure, so things proceed as normal. If the measure fails then the plane or other vehicle or event proceeds through the "hole in the cheese" towards the next slice. Again the procedure is repeated, and if the safety function fails again, we advance towards the next slice.

If this occurs enough times then the final result will be the disaster we view on TV. All this the result of a series of human or mechanical or procedural errors, which in isolation could and should have been prevented.

So how does this affect you and I? Well it not only comes into play when we go for a journey on a plane, a train, a ship, or a car, but in our everyday lives.

Even, horror of horrors, in our "love lives", if things do or don't work out in the correct sequence, we may or may not get to meet a certain someone.

The film "Sliding Doors" with Gwyneth Paltrow shows this theory at work, with the pivotal moment being if she does or does not catch the subway train. When she catches the train she discovers her "cad" of a boyfriend in her bed with his other girlfriend, and kicks his sorry arse out and then proceeds to find a guy who is right for her. When she misses the train and catches the next one, she just misses catching the other woman leaving, and so is none the wiser, at least for a little while longer.

At this point consider if you will [given we are on AdultFriendFinder] substituting the word girlfriend for the gender neutral term lover or lovers and suddenly that whole scene of confrontation in the bedroom is filled with a whole range of new variables and permutations. I suspect that Hollywood sanitized the situation in order to maintain as broad an audience as possible.

Now while we are not likely to face such situations ourselves {guess that depends on how crazy your lifestyle is] it is interesting when things happen, like bumping into someone you haven't seen for a while, or meeting someone new, and yet it may only take some small event for that meeting to not take place.

When that happens, it means that "Swiss Cheese Theory" is at work. Yet all this time you thought you were in control of your life.

Time for some cheese on toast.


As a slight variation on this have you ever found yourself thinking or dreaming of someone you havent seen or heard from in a while [like years]and then had them appear before you in the next couple of weeks. It seems to happen to me quite often, how about you?

rm_virginangel3 33F

4/15/2006 1:14 pm

Hey I liked that movie Sliding Doors. I sort of look at it this way, if we do not go the way we are suppose to go, there will always be something that will make sure we get there. If you remember in the movie that in both paths that she took she does end up with the guy she was suppose to be with....though in one, she taking the longer way to get to him was the better path...Don't you think?

rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
4/16/2006 10:43 pm

Bugger you caught me out there virginangel3, I usually only watch the first half of the film on TV due to the ads, and my growing desire to punch the "cad's" lights out. Now I'll have to hire the DVD and watch the entire film to brush up on my knowledge.


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