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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (Unabridged)
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Narrator: Mia Barron
Format: Unabridged
Release Date: June 2010
Audio Length: 14.25 hours
Rating: 44 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (1051 ratings)
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To err is human. Yet most of us go through life assuming (and sometimes insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from the origins of the universe to how to load the dishwasher. If being wrong is so natural, why are we all so bad at imagining that our beliefs could be mistaken, and why do we react to our errors with surprise, denial, defensiveness, and shame?

In Being Wrong, journalist Kathryn Schulz explores why we find it so gratifying to be right and so maddening to be mistaken, and how this attitude toward error corrodes relationships - whether between family members, colleagues, neighbors, or nations. Along the way, she takes us on a fascinating tour of human fallibility, from wrongful convictions to no-fault divorce; medical mistakes to misadventures at sea; failed prophecies to false memories; I told you so! to Mistakes were made.

Drawing on thinkers as varied as Augustine, Darwin, Freud, Gertrude Stein, Alan Greenspan, and Groucho Marx, she proposes a new way of looking at wrongness. In this view, error is both a given and a gift - one that can transform our worldviews, our relationships, and, most profoundly, ourselves.

In the end, Being Wrong is not just an account of human error but a tribute to human creativity - the way we generate and revise our beliefs about ourselves and the world. At a moment when economic, political, and religious dogmatism increasingly divide us, Schulz explores with uncommon humor and eloquence the seduction of certainty and the crises occasioned by error. A brilliant debut from a new voice in nonfiction, this book calls on us to ask one of life's most challenging questions: what if I'm wrong?

About the Author: Kathryn Schulz

Though you may know Kathryn Schulz from the popular audiobook Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, Schulz is actually one of the most renowned Science & Technology authors in our catalog. In total, we carry 1 audiobook from Schulz on, with the latest Science & Technology title being: Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error was added to our catalog in 2010, making it the author's oldest audiobook available on our website, while Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error is the most popular and bestselling audiobook from Schulz. Enjoy over 14 hours of audiobook listening from Schulz, among the 1 audiobook we have available. With such a wide variety of audiobooks, we know you're sure to enjoy Science & Technology books from Kathryn Schulz. For more audiobooks and information on Kathryn Schulz, please visit her page on Kathryn Schulz audiobooks.

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