Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error Paperback – 4 Jan 2011
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“A mirthful and wise diagnosis of what ails us: Schulz dances us through science, psychology, and literature in a sparkling history of (and ode to) human error.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[A]n insightful and delightful discussion of the errors of our ways. . . . Schulz remains good company -- a warm, witty and welcome presence. . . . [S]he combines lucid prose with perfect comic timing. . . . Being Wrong is smart and lively.” (New York Times Book Review)
“So, please take this advice: Read BEING WRONG, because it’s the right thing to do.” (Associated Press)
“Kathryn Schulz’s brilliant, spirited, and necessary inquiry into the essential humanity of error will leave you feeling intoxicatingly wrongheaded.” (Tom Vanderbilt, bestselling author of TRAFFIC)
“[A]n unusual examination of the virtue and peril of being wrong and of all the ways we think we know things that just ain’t so.” (Boston Globe)
“Engrossing.... In the spirit of Blink and Predictably Irrational (but with a large helping of erudition)... Schulz writes with such lucidity and wit that her philosophical enquiry becomes a page-turner.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Kathryn Schulz has given us a brilliant and remarkably upbeat account of the long history of human error. If Being Wrong is this smart and illuminating, I don’t want to be right!” (Steven Johnson, bestselling author of THE GHOST MAP and EVERYTHING BAD IS GOOD FOR YOU)
“Kathryn Schultz is engaging, witty and fascinating as she uses a full arsenal of academic research, colorful stories, philosophical arguments and personal anecdotes to create a riveting account of why we, mostly, have been wrong about being wrong.” (Frans Johansson, author of THE MEDICI EFFECT)
“Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise...[BEING WRONG] could also be enormously useful—there are very few problems we face...that couldn’t be helpfully addressed if we we were willing to at least entertain the idea that we might not be entirely right.” (Bill McKibben, author of EAARTH: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet)
“A funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait. [Schulz] flies high in the intellectual skies, leaving beautiful sunlit contrails....It’s lovely to watch this idea warm in Ms. Schulz’s hands.” (Dwight Garner, New York Times)
From the Back Cover
To err is human. Yet most of us go through life assuming (and sometimes insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from the origins of the universe to how to load the dishwasher. In Being Wrong, journalist Kathryn Schulz explores why we find it so gratifying to be right and so maddening to be mistaken. Drawing on thinkers as varied as Augustine, Darwin, Freud, Gertrude Stein, Alan Greenspan, and Groucho Marx, she shows that error is both a given and a gift—one that can transform our worldviews, our relationships, and ourselves.See all Product description
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This book did so many things all at once, it's hard for me to describe.
Factual, objective, interesting, and above all extremely well written.
This book's greatest achievement, as far as I am concerned, is that it gave me stronger empathy for my fellow man and allowed me to forgive and appreciate myself more than I ever thought possible.
This book is not a "self help" or "improvement guide", it's just a clear observation of the things we often fail to allow ourselves to recognize.
Once we have discovered the true nature and benefits of being wrong, we can't help but become even just slightly better people in the process.
Author Kathryn Schulz provides us with one of the most thought-provoking pieces of work I've read in quite a while. A wise and witty researcher, writer, and storyteller, Schulz takes us on a fascinating journey through the world of error and leads us on an eye-opening exploration of related topics from how and why we make mistakes to how and why we believe what we believe.
Even simple ponderables like, "What was something that you used to believe, but no longer do?" or (even more challenging!) "What is something you believe today that you think you might not believe to be true in the future?" make for hours of self-reflection, discussion, and discovery.
If it is true, as James Joyce once wrote, that "a man's errors are his portals of discovery," then this book opens the door to a whole new way of thinking about thinking...and asking who we are as a result of what we believe and the mistakes we make.