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Being wrong : adventures in the margin of error

Author: Kathryn Schulz
Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Being Wrong, journalist Kathryn Schulz explores why we find it so gratifying to be right and so maddening to be mistaken, and how this attitude toward error corrodes relationships--whether between family members, colleagues, neighbors, or nations. Along the way, she takes us on a fascinating tour of human fallibility, from wrongful convictions to no-fault divorce; medical mistakes to misadventures at sea; failed  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Schulz
ISBN: 9780061176043 0061176044 9780061176050 0061176052
OCLC Number: 609651971
Description: viii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The idea of error. Wrongology ; Two models of wrongness --
The origins of error. Our senses ; Our minds, part one : Knowing, not knowing, and making it up ; Our minds, part two : Belief ; Our minds, part three : Evidence ; Our society ; The allure of certainty --
The experience of error. Being wrong ; How wrong? ; Denial and acceptance ; Heartbreak ; Transformation --
Embracing error. The paradox of error ; The optimistic meta-induction from the history of everything.
Responsibility: Kathryn Schulz.
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"In Being Wrong, journalist Kathryn Schulz explores why we find it so gratifying to be right and so maddening to be mistaken, and how this attitude toward error corrodes relationships--whether between family members, colleagues, neighbors, or nations. Along the way, she takes us on a fascinating tour of human fallibility, from wrongful convictions to no-fault divorce; medical mistakes to misadventures at sea; failed prophecies to false memories; 'I told you so!' to 'Mistakes were made.' Drawing on thinkers as varied as Augustine, Darwin, Freud, Gertrude Stein, Alan Greenspan, and Groucho Marx, she proposes a new way of looking at wrongness. In this view, error is both a given and a gift--one that can transform our worldviews, our relationships, and, most profoundly, ourselves."--Publisher's Web site.

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