Summary of Being Wrong

Adventures in the Margin of Error

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Being Wrong
How people get almost everything wrong and how that makes them human.

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7 Overall

7 Applicability

6 Innovation

7 Style

 

Review

Malcolm Gladwell opened the book market to accessible, highbrow social analysis, and Kathryn Schulz has skillfully adopted that model. However, unlike Gladwell, Schulz does not analyze trends. She’s fascinated by the perpetual, universal propensity for human error in all its forms and contexts. In this companionable, readable, kind-hearted, rambling (and sometimes random) essay collection, she discusses philosophy, astronomy, politics, psychiatry, love and heartbreak, as well as the science of the brain and the workings of memory. She demonstrates a credible grasp of her topics and bends each to her theme without losing sight of the larger picture. This is not a self-help book, but still it offers opportunities for insight, laughter and the rueful recognition that when humans err, they seldom err alone. getAbstract recommends this worthy book to anyone who’s ever made a mistake, and especially to those who are convinced they never have.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you are wrong so often about so many things
  • Why that bothers you so much
  • Why everyone else is as wrong as often as you are
  • What your mistakes and everyone else’s tell you about yourself and the world
 

Summary

Wrong About Being Wrong
Everyone loves to be right. Even more, people love to think that they’re right and they tend to connect being wrong with “shame...stupidity...ignorance, indolence, psychopathology and moral degeneracy.” But if that’s what you think, you are, it turns out, wrong ...
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About the Author

Kathryn Schulz has written for The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and The Nation.


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