Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

We need to be able to accept and take being wrong in stride, to embrace our fallibility, for it’s part of who and what we are as humans. This is a good talk, despite the parts about God in it (I’m an atheist, to those of you new to the site), and a hat-tip for this goes out to Marty of the Martin S. Pribble blog. Check out his awesome site, or face the wrath of my tentacleness….

The Relativity of Wrong

C0nc0rdance | March 11, 2010

In response to DonExodus2’s video Faith and Evolution, I’m putting up this paraphrase of an excellent article by Isaac Asimov on “The Relativity of Wrong”, The Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 14 No. 1, p. 35-44 Fall 1989. I hope it sparks some thoughts.

You can find the orignal at:

DonExodus2’s original video:

The Wikipedia page on Isaac Asimov:

I apologize if there are obvious problems with this video. It was put together in a hurry.

Here are some bonus Asimov quotes:
“Creationists make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”

“A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. ”

“From my close observation of writers… they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review. ”

“Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know – and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. ”

And, my favorite:
“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”