Here’s what they are instead: investigations into why, as Ms. Schulz writes, with a Cole Porterish lilt in her voice, “As bats are batty and slugs are sluggish, our own species is synonymous with screwing up.”

Rarely do I head for Barnes and Noble that quickly, but when I get hooked, I get hooked.  And though it's been in my possession little more than 24 hours, I grab a few pages whenever I can take a break.  I'm not completely certain why it is so intriguing.  Admittedly, the subject of screwing up has been an interest of mine.  I have a PhD in failure processes, which means I know all about the subject--but not as much as Ms. Schulz.  I did learn, however, that the best way to learn is to fail, and learn from the failure.  But, like many narcissistic males, it wasn't easy to admit failure early on.  Still, the ability to make that admission can grow on you.  That's why I laughed at the title of a previous book, Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me, a statement attributed to Henry Kissinger.  That it might have come from Kissinger was never a surprise.

Schulz' writing is, well. . . smart and fun.  Take this comment: In short, the experience of being right is imperative for our survival, gratifying for our ego, and, overall, one of life's cheapest and keenest satisfactions.  This book is about the opposite of all that. . . . Of all the things we are wrong about, this idea of error might well top the list.  It is our meta-mistake: we are wrong about what it means to be wrong.

As Schulz suggests, it may be that I like this book because she realizes that it's so very gratifying to be right.  She not only spells out what's right about being wrong, but what's right about being right. 

And, as Schulz spells out, it's not only our senses that are often wrong, but just as often our minds. It's really our beliefs that are the broader and more interesting category.  I just realized that I think I know why I'm especially interested in this subject.  I've been working with two teams, one from law and another from architecture, focusing on how to successfully challenge wrongheadedness and get buy-in.  One of the delights of both consulting gigs is that I'm constantly getting messages from the members that our approach works.  In this instance, what I like about dealing with the wrong is being right!