In the tradition of The Wisdom of Crowds and Predictably Irrational comes Being Wrong, an illuminating exploration of what it means to be in error, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume (or loudly insist) that they are right about most everything. Kathryn Schulz, editor of Grist magazine, argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such. Guiding the reader through the history and psychology of error, from Socrates to Alan Greenspan, Being Wrong will change the way you perceive screw-ups, both of the mammoth and daily variety, forever.
Intriguing book, though I think the author herself falls into a trap of defining some things as wrong when they’re really a difference of opinion. It does, though, make one stop and think a bit about why we’re so afraid to be wrong — and some of the implications of that with regard to civil discourse and disagreement.