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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

by Kathryn Schulz

Debut Books of the Month Popular Science The Real World

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Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2010.


More than often we like to think we are right, this book shows how very often we can be wrong. It’s in our nature to want to be right but this book looks at how being wrong is also a useful and necessary part of being who we are and how it effects us.  Interesting and enjoyable.

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error Synopsis

Being wrong is an inescapable part of being alive. And yet, we go through life tacitly assuming (or loudly insisting) that we are right about nearly everything - from our political beliefs to our private memories, from our grasp of scientific fact to the merits of our favourite team. Being Wrong looks at why this conviction has such a powerful grip on us, what happens when this conviction is shaken, and how we interpret the moral, political and psychological significance of being wrong.Drawing on philosophies old and new and cutting-edge neuroscience, Kathryn Schulz offers an eloquent exploration of the allure of certainty and the necessity of fallibility in four main areas: in religion (when the end of the world fails to be nigh); in politics (where were those WMD?); in memory (where did I leave my keys?); and in love (when Mr or Miss Right becomes Mr or Miss Wrong).

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ISBN: 9781846270734
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846270734
Publication date: 2nd September 2010
Author: Kathryn Schulz
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Popular Science, The Real World,

About Kathryn Schulz

Kathryn Schulz has written for a number of US publications from Rolling Stone to the New York Times, on subjects as varied as right-wing film festivals to the impact of antidepressant use on Japanese culture. In 2004 she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism.

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