Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error Both wise and clever full of fun and surprise about a topic so central to our lives that we almost never even think about it Bill McKibben author of Earth Making a Life on a Tough New PlanetIn the t

  • Title: Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
  • Author: Kathryn Schulz Mia Barron
  • ISBN: 9780062012401
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise about a topic so central to our lives that we almost never even think about it Bill McKibben, author of Earth Making a Life on a Tough New PlanetIn 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 ta Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise about a topic so central to our lives that we almost never even think about it Bill McKibben, author of Earth Making a Life on a Tough New PlanetIn 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 most 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.

    Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error Kathryn pg This is one of the most powerful ways being wrong can transform us it can help us become compassionate people Being right might be fun but, as we ve seen, it has a tendency to bring out the worst in us By contrast, being wrong is often the farthest thing in the world from fun and yet, in the end, it has the potential to bring Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn My copy of BEING WRONG ADVENTURES IN THE MARGIN OF ERROR was a gift a giveaway My being wrong occasionally, frequently, perhaps consistently is a gift from our Creator and or my creators The ways in which I experience being wrong are probably also gifts from my creators, teachers, friends, et al. Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn If Being Wrong is this smart and illuminating, I don t want to be right Steven Johnson 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 Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error Kathryn Anita described this experience of being wrong as chronic terror, being a lost toddler Being wrong strips us of all theories, but makes possible real change Being wrong is the transition inherent in change It is where we destroy and rebuild ourselves Mere exposure to the idea that we are wrong often isn t enough to change our minds. Book Review Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Jul , According to Kathryn Schulz, each of us is our very own Church of Scotland often mistaken, oddly oblivious and typically immune to a good beseeching Being Wrong Adventures in the Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Aug , Being wrong, therefore, is important for scientific progress Schulz s self styled discipline of wrongology contains a great deal of lightly worn learning and careful reflection on psychoanalysis Being Wrong Adventures in the Margin of Error Kathryn Jan , 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 Being Wrong Adventures Schulz Flashcards Quizlet Learn Being Wrong Adventures Schulz with free interactive flashcards Choose from different sets of Being Wrong Adventures Schulz flashcards on Quizlet. Synopsis Being Wrong If you want to feel better about not being perfect and see the potential upside in your errors, read Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz a brilliant book with a sweeping grasp of philosophy and physics and all points in between President Bill Clinton Synopsis Home Being Wrong A funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait If admiring this book is wrong, I don t

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    1. Kathryn Schulz Mia Barron

      Kathryn Schulz is a journalist, author, and public speaker with a credible if not necessarily enviable claim to being the world s leading wrongologist Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Freakonomics blog of The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications She is the former editor of the online environmental magazine Grist, and a former reporter and editor for The Santiago Times, of Santiago, Chile, where she covered environmental, labor, and human rights issues She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism now the International Reporting Project , and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and, most recently, the Middle East A graduate of Brown University and a former Ohioan, Oregonian, and Brooklynite, she currently lives in New York s Hudson Valley.

    488 thoughts on “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error”

    1. 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 the very first word in the book, freshly minted for the occasion by the author. You read it and experience an involuntary recoil of revulsion at the sheer tin-eared ugliness of it. For God's sake, Kathryn Schulz, please don't title your opening chapter "Wrongology". If the first word in your book alr [...]


    2. 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 daughter was born before we moved into that house. Yet I, and hopefully everyone else who comes up short in a quest for perfection, can take solace from this outstanding book. Schulz coins the term “wrongology” as a tag for her view that being wrong can, in the scheme of things, be a pretty good thing, [...]


    3. 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 thoughtful as Macdonald's book. I set out to see what else Schultz wrote.I really like Schultz' premise on this one: we feel badly when we make mistakes, but everyone does it. As Schultz points out, before Descartes ("I think, therefore I am") was St. Augustine ("I err, therefore I am" or "To err is [...]


    4. 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 we must embrace being wrong to grow as people.Falling into the psychology versus scientific realm, Being Wrong provides an interesting history of wrongness using numerous examples of pop-culture incidents; if you can consider an intricate look at being wrong an interesting subject, that is. Schulz's [...]


    5. 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 thing in the journey of life. Plus, its analysis of Hamlet is spot on. I mean, if the only evidence of murder you have is a ghost's message, don't you think you'd better try to vet the facts a bit before taking justice in your own hands?-g


    6. 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 understanding that doubt is good so long as it does not paralyze us.The author found that when she told people that she was writing about mistakes, they all said: 'Oh I have made tons of mistakes in my life'. She would reply: 'Oh it would really help my research if you could tell me about a few of them.' And pe [...]


    7. 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 of the psychological and physiological aspects of "being wrong." The first 1/2-2/3 of the book are dedicated to explaning WHY we are wrong, and why we usually think we are right! The rest of the book talks about acknowledging when we are wrong and why being wrong can is a good thing, and indeed an [...]


    8. My copy of BEING WRONG: ADVENTURES IN THE MARGIN OF ERROR was a gift -- a giveaway. My being wrong -- occasionally, frequently, perhaps consistently -- is a "gift" from our Creator and/or my creators. The ways in which I experience being wrong are probably also "gifts" from my creators, teachers, friends, et al. As a parent, I have passed on the "gift" of intermittent or perpetual wrongness and promoted certain reactions to being wrong. When my son was a young child, he would respond to "What t [...]


    9. Think about the last time you were wrong. Can you remember it? I could, after taking some time to think about it. I thought my car had been stolen, and had reported it stolen, before I realized that I'd left it in the parking lot of a nearby Safeway and walked home with my groceries by mistake. I wonder if the police dispatchers still laugh at that one, or if the incident's been replaced in their memories by others like it that happen a dozen times a day.That's one story of my being wrong. I hav [...]


    10. I found Being Wrong slow going, not because I wasn't enjoying it--although I do think that the first couple of chapters are the most dense--but because I needed to stop and digest and think about how what Schulz says resonates with my own experiences. One of the things I enjoyed most about the book, was Schulz' examination and concise rendering of questions I've often pondered. She looks at why we're wrong so often, why we have trouble admitting that and go to great lengths to stay on the "right [...]


    11. Over many years I have grappled with the related issues of error, ignorance, and uncertainty. When measured against what there is to know, what we humans do in fact know is in the order of zero-point-several zeroes. No matter how well-read, well-traveled, or well-informed we think we are, our ignorance is immense. We have to make decisions – most trivial, many of them life-changing, a few of them life-and-death – based on a trifling amount of information, the vast majority second- or third [...]


    12. 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, too damn many words. But I like Kathryn Schulz's prose. She knows her western canon and cites it deftly. In the course of elaborating her ideas about the experience of wrongness she'll even uncover a novel point here and there about the literature and philosophy she so clearly loves.I also like tha [...]


    13. A worthwhile read that gives me much to think about in my own life. Schulz's broad point is that the fear of committing an error is often worse than the error itself -- it fills us with a fear of exploration and prevents us from acknowledging, correcting, and learning from our mistakes. The risk of error is often a necessary tradeoff for creativity and growth. I think Schulz convincingly makes her case.  I vow to ease up on screwups, whether mine or others'. To err is human; to forgive, humane. [...]



    14. I consider myself the consummate fuckup. Even when I succeed in accomplishing something difficult, once the warmth of self-congratulatory celebration dissipates I can’t help thinking about every screw up and each way they’ll likely weigh me down during the course of my life the rest of my life and preclude me from divinity and the promises of pennies from heaven. I know a lot of people who think like this while we know that this manner of thinking is stupid and counterproductive, every time [...]


    15. Great stuff. This is what writers are for. To set down in language what you feel but can't necessarily enunciate well yourself. Take this example: "Fortunately, we don't get stuck in this place of pure wrongness very often. And we don't get stuck there via the collapse of small or medium-size beliefs. We get stuck there when we are really wrong about really big things - beliefs so important and far-reaching that we can neither easily replace them nor easily live without them. If our trivial beli [...]


    16. I don't know about you but I'm rarely, if ever, wrong. No, really! I'm almost always right and the same is probably true of you. As Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong; Adventures in the Margin of Error, explains, it's almost hardwired in humans to dislike being mistaken. Being wrong, even about minor things, makes almost everyone so incredibly, throughly uncomfortable that we often can't admit to ourselves that we've made a mistake. Yet, being wrong is also a key to growth and essential to ou [...]


    17. This is an excellent read on how we go wrong, how we think about and react to going wrong, and about the place wrongness has in Western society.The optical illusions are great. I had to print them out and cut them up myself to believe that my eyes were lying. The brief mention of autism has not aged well and the author chose to include the racist slurs in quotes which I just felt was unnecessary since we all know what those slurs are in the context of the KKK. I would have been interested to see [...]


    18. Two truths readily acknowledged: being right feels oh so good, and being wrong feels just awful. Nuff said? No! As it turns out, there's a lot more to be said, and Ms. Schulz says it quite elegantly, entertainingly, and movingly. With examples ranging from the mundane to the tragic, she carefully explains precisely how errors come about and why we feel about them as we do. Along the way, she makes the point that error not only has the capability to embarrass us, but also can have the power to te [...]


    19. I should have liked this more than I did. Having sat on it a bit, I kept going back to thinking how much I like the author. The book's a bit long at times and redundant, and I don't think it's organized well, but it's the right kind of book. There's actually a saying in the The Present Alone is Our Happiness: Interviews with Pierre Hadot -- that real philosophical dialog sets out to form rather than inform. That's what this book does. Most of these psychology books try to teach you a bunch of st [...]


    20. An exploration of wrongness as the essence of the human condition -- something that not only should be expected, but embraced as a central tenant of life. Takes Kuhn, Kahneman, and Jervis a step further into practical discussion and brainstorming. While the author often takes self-involved tangents on occasion, this book must be included in the discussion of bias, error, and decision making. Reading this book takes some patience since the author explores in and around her thoughts regarding "wro [...]


    21. I enjoyed this book, but had to break it up by reading other things throughout - it was really slow at times. The author repeated herself a lot, and you get the gist of it after the first chapter. However, it was worth reading the full book - a lot of the stories scattered throughout were really thought-provoking.


    22. i love this book so far. one of my favorite is the quote: “The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It's getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That's how we know we're alive: we're wrong.”― Philip Roth



    23. Interesting but also dry. Hard for me to concentrate on the philosophical parts of the first 1/3rds of the book.


    24. It would be easy to simply say that reading Being Wrong is a small but powerful life changing experience. It very much is, but just saying that is a bit of a cop-out. The book is a brilliantly written examination of the concept of error from every perspective imaginable. Schulz explores wrongness as an outside observer, a philosopher, a victim and a compassionate friend. By so fully embracing the idea on every level, she synthesizes a unified thesis from many disparate parts and supports every c [...]


    25. DNF. This book sounded really interesting and started out strong, but I was over an hour into the audiobook and I hadn't even gotten past the intro. It wa as the intro that never ended so I folded.


    26. We all live steeped in the false security that feeling right bestows upon us.This book is written for those who want to understand more about what this means. It is a neglected and deeply human attribute: being wrong, feeling wrong, discovering one's wrongness, changing as a result—or, more usually, denying it, ducking and running from the acknowledgement of error. I was fascinated, particularly so once I got through the first chapters. The writing is a curious mix of academic rigour and convi [...]


    27. This book focused on many of the heuristics detailed in Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow. Like David McRaney, in his book You Are Not So Smart, Schulz is a bit more relatable than Kahneman, which makes the study of heuristics (fallible thinking), easier to digest. Unlike McRaney, Schulz does a much better job of making arguments that do not fall prey to the very heuristics being argued against. She got tripped up a few times, in that her argument for one thing could just as easily have b [...]


    28. Have you ever been wrong? Of course you have. Everybody makes mistakes and many people talk like that is all they do, "Oh I am always messing up" they might say. Now try reflecting on the moment when you realized that you were wrong about something. Don't reflect on your past beliefs, whether trivial or not, but rather think of that moment where you shifted from knowing that you were right to knowing that you were not. How did that moment feel when you realized that you were wrong, not when you [...]


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