Kathryn Schulz, a leading ‘wrongologist’, shares about her study of ‘being wrong’ on TED.com. It is something interesting to look into and embracing fallibility is becoming something rather in fashion after more than a decade of bringing the attempt to perfect ourselves to to the extreme (think plastic surgery, motivational courses, self-improvement hypes, etc). I’m not too sure about her underlying thesis that we all feel that we’re right most of the time. I know of people (practically all Asians) who tread so carefully in life they naturally assume they are wrong until they gathered enough evidence to satisfy themselves that they are not wrong (which – they have to highlight – does not necessarily mean they are right).
I must say that Kathryn’s style of presentation does make her appear like she believes she is right; at least enough for her to write a book about it.