Shulzs book is a thoughtful powerful work that should be required reading for everyone in high school or college and beyond part philosophy part sociology and part reporting being wrong feels a lot like kahnemans thinking fast and slow and in my view is every bit as helpful and important for understanding what drives us as well as what steers us off a cliff or . As kathryn schulz author of being wrong adventures in the margin of error explains its almost hardwired in humans to dislike being mistaken being wrong even about minor things makes almost everyone so incredibly throughly uncomfortable that we often cant admit to ourselves that weve made a mistake. Theres heavy stuff here but no heavy handedness being wrong encompasses the cataclysmic economic collapse and the commonplace leaving a laptop in front of the window before the storm being wrong may lead to fun playing with and understanding optical illusions or futility the millerite expectation of the rapture in 1844. Summer reading recommendation for nerds jim holts why does the world exist the first 60 pages constitute some of the best science writing scratch that some of the best nonfiction period ive read in a good while. Being wrong therefore is important for scientific progress schulzs self styled discipline of wrongology contains a great deal of lightly worn learning and careful reflection on psychoanalysis
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