In this two-part episode, Brian Dillman, Julienna Viegas-Haws, and Anna Smith join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon in a discussion about “being wrong!” Or make that Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (CCC, 2010). It’s a rich subject and wonderful book, and each of the panelists share favorite insights from their encounters with the things Schultz talks about and how those have helped them understand themselves, others, and many more areas of life much more clearly–and helpfully. Since this is Mormon Matters, after all, they also speak about the ways some of these ideas are in tension with certain ideas and various cultural habits (ways of thinking) in Mormonism. How does the material discussed impact their views on the methodology that we are taught in Mormonism’s D&C 9:8-9 (“study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right” along with burnings in bosoms and stupors of thought)? With Mormonism’s emphases on and teachings about the Gift of the Holy Ghost and how it is a sure guide to what is “true”? With the Alma 32 passages on faith as a seed and “experimenting upon the word” and coming to know that a seed is good? With it’s emphases on the superiority of “knowing” over “believing” when it comes to one’s testimony. It’s a great discussion!
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Kathryn Schulz, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (New York: CCC, 2010)
Kathryn Schulz, “On Being Wrong,” TED talk, March 2011
Kathryn Schulz, “Don’t Regret Regret,” TED talk, November 2011
Carol Tavris and Eliott Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts (New York: Harcourt, 2008)
Robert A. Burton, On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2009)