Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

In the tradition of The Wisdom of Crowds and Predictably Irrational comes Being Wrong, an illuminating exploration of what it means to be in error and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume (or loudly insist) that they are right about almost everything. Kathryn Schulz, editor of Grist magazine, argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such. Guiding the reader through the history and psychology of error, from Socrates to Alan Greenspan, Being Wrong will change the way you perceive screw-ups, both of the mammoth and daily variety, forever.

Title:Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780061176043
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  • Will Byrnes

    I have a very strong memory of the day my youngest was born. I can still summon the piercing scent of puddled broken water in a middle room of the second floor of our house. Problem is that my daughte...

  • David

    I am not a particularly violent person. But there were so many places in this book where I wanted to sit the author down, smack her briskly and scream at her "What were you thinking? It started with t...

  • Ed

    Absolutely loved this book, which really does uncover the extent to which we deny our mistakes and how much we would gain by admitting them, at least to ourselves. There is also an art to understandin...

  • Trish

    Schultz' review of H is for Hawk in the New Yorker magazine this spring really made me take notice not only of Macdonald's book but also of the art of reviewing. Schultz's review was as gorgeous and t...

  • Thomas Edmund

    At the time I grabbed it, Being Wrong was just an interest book in my non-fiction wishlist, something that I would little away a few minutes on Kindle when waiting at the bus-stop, for dinner, or for ...

  • Jane

    This is really a must-read. Do you realize how little we can trust ourselves to perceive the truth? This is a great analysis of how we get things wrong, why it matters, and why errors can be a good th...

  • Sarah

    Being Wrong. Kathryn Schulz. 2010. Ecco. 400 pages. ISBN 9780061176043.Being Wrong is an exploration of how and why making errors is a crucial, natural and necessary component of being human, and how ...

  • Michael Perkins

    I read the book and then watched her TED talk. I would rarely say this about a book, but her TED encapsulates her central insights. The rest of the author's book felt like padding. The quote below is ...

  • Kate

    Interesting how polarizing this book is. I think an open mind and a willingness to be wrong are helpful as you read; there's a lot to be gotten from the psychological delving. An excellent examination...

  • Jack Hart

    This is, to my way of thinking, an extraordinary book about a great topic. Although, if you're not an intellectually ambitious person the book may seem to have, as several Good Reads reviewers opined,...