Do you know someone who is always right?According to the book “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” error is an extremely desirable human trait.
Author and journalist Kathryn Schulz explores why we find it so gratifying to be right and so painful to be wrong, and how this attitude corrodes relationships between family members, colleagues, neighbors and nations.
Through the lens of philosophy and comedy the book tours a history of human error — from failed prophecies and false memories to wrongful convictions and medical mistakes. In the end Schulz proposes a new way of looking at wrongness that encourages ingenuity. She will give a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Washington State University’s Beasley Coliseum.
“Being Wrong” is the 2013-14 common reading selection at WSU.
Schulz was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project) and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan and, most recently, the Middle East. Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, the Boston Globe, The Nation and other publications.
— Jennifer K. Bauer