You’re Wrong: an F.A.Q.
by Peter Conlin
A pretty clever perspective!
Q. Am I really wrong?
Q. Are you sure?
Q. Can you prove that I’m wrong?
Yes, but, you’ll have to agree in advance what proof looks like, otherwise you could just move the goalposts after the game.
Q. How come I have so much evidence that I’m right?
That’s confirmation bias. Your brain carefully files away all the reasons you might be right, and disregards all the reasons you might be wrong.
Q. How come so many people agree with me?
They’re wrong too.
Q. They can’t all be wrong, can they?
Most people are wrong about most things most of the time. If there’s one remarkable discovery to be made in the study of science, religion and philosophy, it’s that being wrong about almost everything does people so little harm. The fact that every scientific discovery since the stone age has only doubled our life expectancy…
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