Saturday, March 26, 2011

Books on being wrong

I have just read/am in the process of reading a couple of excellent books on why experts tend to be wrong (they are actually more often wrong than right), why we find so hard to know whenever we make errors, why our memory fails ("it fades over time and is distorted by our beliefs, desires and interests) and why "If being wrong is so natural, why are we all so bad at imagining that our beliefs could be mistaken – and why do we typically react to our errors with surprise, denial, defensiveness and shame?". And "what if I am wrong?"

In addition, you can read some truths about the way our minds really work: "first, we are subject to powerful illusions about how our minds work. Second, these illusions are difficult to shake, even when they are pointed out to us in books like this. Third, technology may hurt more than it helps, since new inventions often tax our mental capacities even further."

Read the helpful reviews below and the books themselves (now available on everyone's laptop, just download Kindle software)

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