Being Wrong: Insight from Kathryn Schulz

Karen Schulz at TED2011Since we’ve been touching on the theme of “being wrong” in this week’s newsletter, don’t miss this excellent video on the subject from the TED Talks:

“Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.(Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:57)”

Watch the video of Schulz’ TED Talk here:

If you enjoy the video, be sure to¬†check out Schulz’ book, “Being Wrong.”

A bit about the book from Publisher’s Weekly:

“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. In this view, error is both a given and a gift–one that can transform our world views, 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.”

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