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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error By Kathryn Schulz

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
by Kathryn Schulz

A book that asks - and answers - one of life's most uncomfortable questions: what if I'm wrong? This is a dazzling study of conviction and error, examining their role in our private and public lives and how that role has been perceived historically and how scientists are altering their view of the purpose and nature of Being Wrong and Being Right.
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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error Summary


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, Kathryn Schulz offers an eloquent 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 did I leave my keys?); and in love (when Mr or Miss Right becomes Mr or Miss Wrong).

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Sku
GOR002460516
Title
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Granta Books
Year published
Number of pages
272
ISBN 10
1846270731
ISBN 13
9781846270734
Prizes
N/A
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