Friday, May 6, 2011

What Does Being Wrong Feel Like? Being Right.

I don't like being wrong. Apparently none of us do.

"Wrongologist" Kathryn Schultz was one of my favorite speakers at TED this year in Long Beach California.

In her book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, and in this talk, Schultz discusses how do we explain people who disagree with us. To summarize her point, first, we assume they don't have the right information. If that fails, then we assume they are idiots. And when it is clear they aren't idiots, we assume that they are evil. That is scary, but it rings true.

I like this reminder to keep an open mind, to be open to the possibility that we just might be wrong.

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