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`` Being Wrong : Adventures Of The Margin Of Error, By Kathryn Schulz

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Does god exist? I have gone my entire life knowing the answer to that question. Sure, I have doubted that answer at times; but, I always end up reassuring myself that I am indeed not wrong. I am right. Perhaps I am just oblivious to the fact that I am very likely wrong. And that I have gone my life with how is best described by Kathryn Schulz in her book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, where she states, “A whole lot of us go through life assuming that we are basically right, basically all the time, about basically everything: about our political and intellectual convictions, our religious and moral beliefs, our assessment of other people, our memoires, our grasp of facts. As absurd as it sounds when we stop to think about, our steady state seems to be one of unconsciously assuming that we are very close to omniscient” (4). Or maybe I am right. My answer to the initial question I posed is an emphatic yes! However, there is hardly a consensus answer to this question and what seems self-evident to me may not be to others. To explore this belief of mine, let’s consider how I arrived to it and the incentives of adhering to it. My belief in god has no firm beginning. It was just something I accepted like two plus two equals four or that chocolate ice cream tastes really good. I never really knew that you did not have to believe in god as everybody I knew for most of my life did. That was until I encountered, my cousin, Ryan’s beliefs or lack thereof. He thought
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