Being wrong is an inescapable part of being alive. And yet, we go through life tacitly assuming (or loudly insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from our political beliefs to our private memories, from our grasp of scientific fact to the merits of our favorite team. The winner of a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, Kathryn Schulz offers this playful if occasionally cringe-inducing look at why this conviction has such a powerful grip on us, what happens when this conviction is shaken, and how we interpret the moral, political, and psychological significance of being wrong. She explores the allure of certainty and the necessity of fallibility in four main areas: in religion (when the end of the world fails to be nigh); in politics (where were Bush's WMDs?); in memory (where did I leave my keys?); and in love (when Mr. or Miss Right becomes Mr. or Miss Wrong).
"Kathryn Schulz's brilliant, spirited and necessary inquiry into the essential humanity of error will leave you feeling intoxicatingly wrong-headed."—Tom Vanderbilt