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Being Wrong : Adventures in the Margin of Error

Being Wrong : Adventures in the Margin of Error

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Kathryn Schulz
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Publication date: 2011
  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Weight: 0.3 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

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, Schulz offers an 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 are my keys?); and in love (when Mr or Ms Right becomes Mr or Ms Wrong).