Being wrong: "Inseperable from our imaginations"

Being wrong can feel like that, can't it?

But the capacity to err is inseperable from our imaginations, according to a review of the new book, "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error." The Guardian:

What is most cherishable about this bumper book of other people's booboos is its insistence that to experience error is, at its best, to find adventure – and even contentment. Schulz takes as her model Don Quixote, the knight-errant who was wrong about almost everything. 'Countless studies have shown that people who suffer from depression have more accurate world views than non-depressed people,' she points out.

But Schulz is hardly counselling that we choose to be wrong. That would be a contradiction: error is like happiness, perhaps, in that we can only stumble across it rather than seek it out. Instead she proposes that once we find ourselves in the wrong, we should be optimistic. To be wrong, after all, is to depart from the facts into creativity, to become artists in our own lives. Error may feel like despair, but it is more akin to hope: 'We get things wrong because we have an enduring confidence in our own minds; and we face up to that wrongness in the faith that, having learned something, we will get it right next time.'


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