Being Wrong May Not Be Such A Bad Thing After All
We should embrace our errors instead of hating them, argues the author of 'Being Wrong'.
Kathryn Schulz, the author of ”Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error”, wrote a guest post in The Boston Globe earlier this month. She talks about how we behave when we make mistakes, our general hate for wrongness and why instead of hating it, we should see error as a gift and a source of individuality and change, as it is wrongness that can teach us who we are.
An excerpt from her post:
As ashamed as we may feel of our mistakes, they are not a byproduct of all that’s worst about being human. On the contrary: They’re a byproduct of all that’s best about us. We don’t get things wrong because we are uninformed and lazy and stupid and evil. We get things wrong because we get things right. The more scientists understand about cognitive functioning, the more it becomes clear that our capacity to err is utterly inextricable from what makes the human brain so swift, adaptable, and intelligent.