Being Wrong : Adventures in the Margin of Error

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 6/8/2010
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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On the heels of the success of "The Wisdom of Crowds" and "Predictably Irrational" comes a thoughtful and persuasive celebration of human fallibility that examines what it means to be right or wrong--and why it matters so much to us.

Author Biography

Kathryn Schulz is a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, the Nation, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the former editor of the online 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 and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and, most recently, the Middle East. A former Ohioan, Oregonian, and Brooklynite, she currently lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

Table of Contents

The Idea of Error
Wrongologyp. 3
Two Models of Wrongnessp. 25
The Origins of Error
Our Sensesp. 47
Our Minds, Part One: Knowing, Not Knowing, and Making It Upp. 67
Our Minds, Part Two: Beliefp. 87
Our Minds, Part Three: Evidencep. 111
Our Societyp. 133
The Allure of Certaintyp. 159
The Experience of Error
Being Wrongp. 183
How Wrong?p. 201
Denial and Acceptancep. 220
Heartbreakp. 247
Transformationp. 273
Embracing Error
The Paradox of Errorp. 299
The Optimistic Meta-Induction from the History of Everythingp. 320
Acknowledgmentsp. 341
Notesp. 345
Indexp. 393
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