Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BEING WRONG Is Washington State University's Common Read for 2013!

BEING WRONG by Kathryn Schulz
We’re very excited to announce that Kathryn Schulz’s Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error has been chosen as Washington State University’s Common Read for 2013! The co-chair of the selection committee writes:

“My co-chair, and I are excited with the selection and with the possibilities it offers for discussion and programming for incoming freshmen.  It was, in fact, the students on our selection committee who initially championed this book, believing that it offers a positive way to approach the many transitions and new ideas that freshmen students face.”

Being Wrong explores what it means to be in error, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume (or loudly insist) that they are right about most everything. Kathryn Schulz, editor of Grist magazine, argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such. Guiding students through the history and psychology of error, from Socrates to Alan Greenspan, Being Wrong will change the way they perceive screw-ups, both of the mammoth and daily variety, forever.

When asked in a New York Times interview, "Is there any book you wish all incoming freshmen at Harvard would read?," Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard, said, "Kathryn Schulz's Being Wrong advocates doubt as a skill and praises error as the foundation of wisdom. Her book would reinforce my encouragement of Harvard's accomplished and successful freshmen to embrace risk and even failure."

Schulz’s book has been one of our top contenders for commons reads because it serves as not just an account of human error but a tribute to human creativity—the way we generate and revise our beliefs about ourselves and the world. Washington State University made a wonderful choice, and it’s great to hear that students were its original advocates. Congratulations, Kathryn!

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