Thursday, May 19, 2011

Benefits of being wrong

It's a catchy title:

Why being wrong is good for you

And it won't take you long to read it.

Here's a little excerpt:
We are wrong about what it means to be wrong. Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition. Far from being a moral flaw, it is inextricable from some of our most humane and honorable qualities: empathy, optimism, imagination, conviction and courage. And far from being a mark of indifference or intolerance, wrongness is a vital part of how we learn and change. Thanks to error, we can revise our understanding of ourselves and amend our ideas about the world.
There's also a video of the author, Kathryn Schulz, giving a TED talk about this.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:00 AM

    I benwefit from this reminder from time to time, as you well know. Marilyn


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