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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz
  

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

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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.

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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz

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).

About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

2nd September 2010

Author

Kathryn Schulz

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Publisher

Portobello Books Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

The Real World
All Shortlists and Winners
Debuts of the Month
Popular Science


ISBN

9781846270734

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