Book: Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

being wrongThis book on wrongness – Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (Amazon) – has to be one of the most fascinating I have read lately. It’s a surprisingly long, but very readable, book about why we get things wrong, what it feels like, and how we rewrite history in our heads to make it so that we were always right.

The terror of being wrong, and the feeling of discovering you were so incredibly wrong is covered with some fascinating examples – the deeply religious woman who became atheist and then found herself questioning that too, the woman who was the victim of a horrifying assault, and who later discovered that the wrong man was convicted, and the KKK leader who abandoned the KKK and became an advocate for civil rights.

Really recommend if you’ve ever been wrong about anything, ever.