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Being wrong : adventures in the margin of error

Author: Kathryn Schulz
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2011, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Ecco paperback editionView 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: 9780061176050 0061176052 9780061176043 0061176044
OCLC Number: 988422416
Description: viii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: PART ONE: The idea of error --
Wrongology --
Two models of wrongness PART TWO: 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 PART THREE: The experience of error --
Being wrong --
How wrong? --
Denial and acceptance --
Heartbreak --
Transformation PART FOUR: 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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