Even if you disagree with specific conclusions, the subject of cultural blindspots is a fascinating one and it is discussed with wit and intelligence. Taken from "Book Review: But What If We’re Wrong?" Don’t take this in a wrong way, I have read everything Chuck Klosterman has ever written. Do we really understand the world? By: Chuck Klosterman. Humankind had been collectively, objectively wrong for roughly twenty centuries. Uniek aanbod (tweedehands) boeken. : Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past. It sells poorly—at the time of Melville’s death, total sales hover below five thousand copies. The ability to string words together in a pleasant way does not substitute content. But What If We’re Wrong? It’s impossible to understand the world of today until today has become tomorrow. Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2018. The premise of the book is that most of what we believe is likely to be wrong, but to avoid delusions in our perceptions, Klosterman advises us to "think about the present as if it were the distant past. : Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman. Learn the life-changing lessons of leadership and determination Coach O discovered on the road to a championship. "But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present as If It Were the Past (Book) : Klosterman, Chuck : "We live in a culture of casual certitude. Any discussion about the clichéd concept of “the Great American Novel” begins with this book. We now know (“know”) that Newton’s concept was correct. We feel it, but it’s not really there. Reviewed in Australia on December 25, 2019. Taste is subjective, but some subjective opinions are casually expressed the same way we articulate principles of math or science. I am on record for expressing absolute confidence in our collective ability as the human race to overcome the gravest challenges we face – this time, it’s a global pandemic. That’s scary. So the understanding of gravity starts to have radical implications for our understanding of reality. [7], "The Good, the True, the Beautiful and Chuck Klosterman", "But What If We're Wrong? A post‑gravity world is beyond my comprehension. We should be intellectually humble because science and time have a way of humbling us. Author: Chuck Klosterman Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 0399184147 Size: 77.33 MB Format: PDF Category : Social Science Languages : un Pages : 288 View: 2058 Get Book. In his latest work, best-selling author, journalist, and all-around interesting guy Chuck Klosterman asks a compelling question: “But What if We’re Wrong.” If we fast-forward 100 years or 500 years and look back at our present from the perspective of the future—what will still be important? Ask: “Am I ready and open so God can fill me with the Spirit?”, Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 25, 2017). But if we’re going to acknowledge even the slightest possibility of being wrong about gravity, we’re pretty much giving up on the possibility of being right about anything at all. There was a problem loading your book clubs. A big part of our mind can handle this; a smaller, deeper part cannot. visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past is a 2016 non-fiction book by American author and essayist Chuck Klosterman. Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2018. peers into the future", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=But_What_If_We%27re_Wrong%3F&oldid=1000423620, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 January 2021, at 01:34. The book's conceit is a good one: What will mat Every time I read an essay by Chuck Klosterman -- and, given my interest in music and pop culture, I've read a number of them -- I'm struck by his self-deprecating tone. If we’re wrong about whether the Beatles are the quintessential rock group, it’s not a big deal. If we’re wrong about whether the Beatles are the quintessential rock group, it’s not a big deal. Here was a period when the best understanding of why objects did not spontaneously f loat was some version of what Aristotle had argued more than a thousand years prior: He believed all objects craved their “natural place,” and that this place was the geocentric center of the universe, and that the geocentric center of the universe was Earth. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. These are the big potatoes. But if we assume that an integrated military is just as effective as a male only military and we’re wrong about that, the consequences could be the end of the US. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. There was almost no change in our thinking until 1907. But What If We're Wrong? This wide-ranging conversation covers music and literary reputations, fundamentals of science, and issues of self-deception and illusion. This book will become a popular book club selection because it makes readers think. We all start from the supposition that Moby-Dick is accepted as self‑evidently awesome, including (and perhaps especially) those who disagree with that assertion. Just about most things. But what if we’re wrong? The ever smart, witty, and curious Klosterman (I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), 2013, etc.) Greene’s analogy was with the idea of temperature: Our skin can sense warmth on a hot day, but “warmth” is not some independent thing that exists on its own. Not about everything. Book sales constitute only about 7 percent of this website’s total sales, but books are the principal commodity this enterprise is known for. But What If We’re Wrong is a book about different ideas that are popular in society and offers a contrarian perspective on how we could be wrong about these commonly held beliefs. Blue Rider Press. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure--until, of course, they don't. A big part of our mind can handle this; a smaller, deeper part cannot. The recently published book, But What if We’re Wrong tries to teach ways around the mental fallacies that can lead to such simple errors in future projection. That’s as true for culture as it is for science, and the uniquely intellectual and dexterous Klosterman dives in with verve. "[3], Publisher's Weekly acknowledged the book was "pop philosophy" but noted parts were based on interviews of "heavyweights," adding that Klosterman's humor and curiosity "propel the reader through the book. is a book about the big things we're wrong about that don't get discussed, just because everyone assumes they can never happen. Which provokes three semi‑related questions: There’s a popular website that sells books (and if you purchased this particular book, consumer research suggests there’s a 41 per‑ cent chance you ordered it from this particular site). is a book about the big things we’re wrong about that don’t get discussed, just because everyone assumes they can never happen. If you are familiar with Taleb’s The Black Swan, this book could be considered a companion piece. Warmth is just the consequence of invisible atoms moving around very fast, creating the sensation of temperature. Club (Favorite Books of 2016) But What If We're Wrong? But I could be wrong. BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG? There are so many things we don’t know about energy, or the way energy is transferred, or why energy (which can’t be created or destroyed) exists at all. The tremendously well-received New York Times bestseller by cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, exploring the possibility that our currently held beliefs and assumptions about the world will eventually be proven wrong -- now in paperback. In a world where we tend to consume things that reinforce our viewpoint it’s interesting to read something that comes from a perspective other than “I am always right” - even taking the title as a piece of philosophy for every day living could be a useful approach. Nobody had pinned it down, but the mathematical intelligentsia knew Earth was rotating around the sun in an elliptical orbit (and that something was making this hap‑ pen). If I’m wrong about something specific, it’s (usually) my own fault, and someone else is (usually, but not totally) right. What disappointed you about But What If We're Wrong?? I finished reading Chuck Klosterman’s * ... We spend our lies learning many things, only to discover (again and again) that most of what we’ve learned is either wrong or irrelevant. And maybe not today, but eventually. [ Read Live Science's Q&A with Chuck Klosterman ] Maybe just really hard to find even if you're looking for it, but more likely washed away like words in the sand of the beach. We live in a culture of casual certitude. It is impossible to examine questions we refuse to ask. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. So there’s all this work that really starts to pick up in the 1980s, with all these new ideas about how gravity would work in the microscopic realm. But these are the exceptions. 2 The qualities that spurred this rediscovery can, arguably, be quantified: The isolation and brotherhood the sailors experience mirrors the experience of fight‑ ing in a war, and the battle against a faceless evil whale could be seen as a metaphor for the battle against the faceless abstraction of evil Germany. "[3], But What If We're Wrong? As long as you don't expect Klosterman to tie it all up with a bow at the end, you might enjoy this book. How certain are we about our understanding of time? reached The New York Times Best Seller list in the Culture category. And now there are folks, inspired by these findings, who are trying to rethink gravity itself. About But What If We’re Wrong?. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read But What If We're Wrong? Apesar do título sugestivo e um bom começo, o livro parece perder o foco e até mesmo o sentido a medida que as páginas vão passando. Which is amazing, particularly if you want to read negative, one‑star reviews of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Like most people, I like to think of myself as a skeptical person. The straightforward definition of naïve realism doesn’t seem that outlandish: It’s a theory that suggests the world is exactly as it appears. As you can see, one of my longest book reviews yet. But What If We’re Wrong? You might be taking them with you when you go. If you are familiar with Taleb’s The Black Swan, this book could be considered a companion piece. ", Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2017. Part of what makes the site successful is its user‑generated con‑ tent; consumers are given the opportunity to write reviews of their various purchases, even if they never actually consumed the book they’re critiquing. Firmly in the bottom 5% of books I ever came across. Contrarianism is cool right now. What if we're wrong about what makes a good college football coach? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past is a 2016 non-fiction book by American author and essayist Chuck Klosterman. In this new world, though, his voids of certainty aren't just exhilarating, but ominous. Check out this great listen on Audible.com. "[5], In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Will Ashton asserted the book to be Klosterman's most wide-reaching accomplishment to date and confirmed the writer's "signature wit," but wrote that Klosterman appeared "overwhelmed" by the challenge, leaving "an ongoing sense (Klosterman) is grasping here. Stream of consciousness review: This was the first book I listened to via Audiobook. But if we’re going to acknowledge even the slightest possibility of being wrong about gravity, we’re pretty much giving up on the possibility of being right about anything at all. "It must be terrifying to think the world is really like that. --Max Kyburz, Gothamist "Chuck Klosterman is no time traveler, but he's got a lot of ideas about how the future will shake out . It’s the natural force most recognized as perfunctorily central to everything we under‑ stand about everything else. Now, there’s certainly a difference between collective, objective wrongness (e.g., misunderstanding gravity for twenty centuries) and collective, subjective wrongness (e.g., not caring about Moby- Dick for seventy‑five years). But what about the things we’re all wrong about? The time I wagered $100—against $1—that Barack Obama would never become president (or even receive the Democratic nomination). I married the right person. visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. That phenomenon has been experienced by every generation who’s ever lived, since the dawn of human history.” Yet offer those same people a laundry list of contemporary ideas that might fit that description, and they’ll be tempted to reject them all. Something went wrong. But the modern problem is that reevaluating what we consider “true” is becoming increasingly difficult. by Ben Casnocha I suspect most conventionally intelligent people are naïve realists, and I think it might be the defining intellectual quality of this era. Seemingly random topics to make interesting points about our general point of view, which we may mostly be wrong about, Read this book if you believe everything you’re told. The primary purpose of a military is to ensure that a country continues to exist. Below is an excerpt from Klosterman's "But What If We're Wrong? "[2], In The Oregonian, Douglas Perry recognised the impossibility of the predicting the future, explaining why the book includes "endless streams of maybes, coulds and ifs, all leading to a shrug"—while affirming that Klosterman is "good company throughout the long, fruitless expedition. But then World War I happens, and—somehow, and for reasons that can’t be totally explained2—modernists living in postwar America start to view literature through a different lens. And then, of course, time passes. At this point, my wrongness doesn’t even surprise me. Thinking About the Present as if It Were the Past", "KIRKUS REVIEW / An inquiry into why we'll probably be wrong about almost everything", "Chuck Klosterman's 'But What If We're Wrong?' Klosterman is funny, snarky, irreverent, and authentically curious, peppering his philosophical explorations with lively side conversations he’s having with the likes of novelist Junot Díaz and filmmaker Richard Linklater. He’s the kind of physicist famous enough to guest star on a CBS sitcom, assuming that sit‑ com is The Big Bang Theory. I usually prefer Kindle reading given I can highlight my notes, but I had a few road trips and figured I’d give listening to a book a try. Taken from "Book Review: But What If We’re Wrong?" In her book Being Wrong, author Kathryn Schulz spends a few key pages on the concept of “naïve realism.” Schulz notes that while there are few conscious proponents of naïve realism, “that doesn’t mean there are no naïve realists.” I would go a step further than Schulz; I suspect most conventionally intelligent people are naïve realists, and I think it might be the defining intellectual quality of this era. But What If We’re Wrong? The illusion is up to you. takes on the notion that it’s “impossible to understand the world of today until today has become tomorrow.”One might call that a “klosterism,” and the book is full of them. The tremendously well-received New York Times bestseller by cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, exploring the possibility that our currently held beliefs and assumptions about the world will eventually be proven wrong -- now in paperback. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. The machinations of the transitionsare completely different. : Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past. Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We're Wrong? [4], Jim Holt wrote in The New York Times that while he was "never bored" and Klosterman's goals were admirable, the book left him "exasperated," Holt asserting the book lacked rigor and treated profound questions with glibness: "My hackles raised, I argued inwardly with the author on every page. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. In other words, Aristotle believed that a dropped rock fell to the earth because rocks belonged on earth and wanted to be there. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. It would almost make the whole idea of “gravity” a semantic construction. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Or basically any small part of the world you absolutely love? He also understands sports and his take on football in this book was per usual interesting. That’s an interesting kind of career. What cultural figures will have stood the test of… If an otherwise well‑executed argument contradicts the principles of gravity, the argument is inevitably altered to make sure that it does not. “Pompous, overbearing, self‑indulgent, and insufferable. --Ryan Vlastelica, A.V. consider the prospect of life after death, it seems equally naïve to assume that our contemporary understanding of this phenomenon is remotely complete. After reading it through the first time, I handed it off to my also-skeptical teenage son, who chose it to give to one of his robotics team mentors. But the fact that these details can be quantified is still not a satisfactory explanation as to why Moby-Dick became the specific novel that was selected and elevated. I predict the reader will have to stop on numerous occasions to consider the points Klosterman is trying to make, which can lead down a rabbit hole to further mind-numbing possibilities. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. There is a Melville revival. We can’t truly conceive the conditions of a multidimensional reality, even though we’re (probably) already living inside one. This is his premeditated intention throughout the writing process. “For two hundred years, Isaac Newton had gravity down. In other words, we’re starting to behave as if we’ve reached the end of human knowledge. What if we're wrong? The straightforward definition of naïve realism doesn’t seem that outlandish: It’s a theory that suggests the world is exactly as it appears. (Prices may vary for AK and HI.). Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of many books of nonfiction (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, I Wear the Black Hat, But What If We're Wrong?, and Chuck Klosterman X) and two novels ( Downtown Owl and The Visible Man).He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Title Page. The stakes are low. This question seems to enter into my conversation at least once a day. I’ve never purchased life insurance as an investment. We have a limited under‑ standing of consciousness. Thinking About the Present as if It Were the Past By Chuck Klosterman 272 pp. Publicly attacking Moby-Dick is shorthand for arguing that what we’re socialized to believe about art is fundamentally questionable. 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