A book that asks - and answers - one of life's most uncomfortable questions: what if I'm wrong?
Kathryn Schulz has written for a number of US publications from Rolling Stone to the New York Times, on subjects as varied as right-wing film festivals to the impact of antidepressant use on Japanese culture. In 2004 she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism.
"Intellectualism made fun! . . . Schulz's call to embrace flaws and
errors as potentially beneficial will surely draw legions of
"An amazing book. . . . I don't know when I last read a book as stimulating, as thoughtful, and as much fun to read."--Harold S. Kushner, author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"
"Schulz draws on philosophers, neuroscientists, psychoanalysts and bit of common sense in an erudite, playful rumination on error."--Washington Post
"A mirthful and wise diagnosis of what ails us: Schulz dances us through science, psychology, and literature in a sparkling history of (and ode to) human error."--Publishers Weekly
"So, please take this advice: Read BEING WRONG, because it's the right thing to do."--Associated Press
"[A]n unusual examination of the virtue and peril of being wrong and of all the ways we think we know things that just ain't so."--Boston Globe
"[A]n insightful and delightful discussion of the errors of our ways. . . . Schulz remains good company -- a warm, witty and welcome presence. . . . [S]he combines lucid prose with perfect comic timing. . . . "Being Wrong" is smart and lively."--New York Times Book Review
"Kathryn Schulz's brilliant, spirited, and necessary inquiry into the essential humanity of error will leave you feeling intoxicatingly wrongheaded."--Tom Vanderbilt, bestselling author of TRAFFIC
"Engrossing.... In the spirit of Blink and Predictably Irrational (but with a large helping of erudition)... Schulz writes with such lucidity and wit that her philosophical enquiry becomes a page-turner."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Kathryn Schulz has given us a brilliant and remarkably upbeat account of the long history of human error. If Being Wrong is this smart and illuminating, I don't want to be right!"--Steven Johnson, bestselling author of THE GHOST MAP and EVERYTHING BAD IS GOOD FOR YOU
"Kathryn Schultz is engaging, witty and fascinating as she uses a full arsenal of academic research, colorful stories, philosophical arguments and personal anecdotes to create a riveting account of why we, mostly, have been wrong about being wrong."--Frans Johansson, author of THE MEDICI EFFECT
"Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise...[BEING WRONG] could also be enormously useful--there are very few problems we face...that couldn't be helpfully addressed if we we were willing to at least entertain the idea that we might not be entirely right."--Bill McKibben, author of EAARTH: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"A funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait. [Schulz] flies high in the intellectual skies, leaving beautiful sunlit contrails....It's lovely to watch this idea warm in Ms. Schulz's hands."--Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Schulz possesses playfulness even as she brings the reader to tears... "Being Wrong" has a heartbeat."--Huffington Post