NYC Skeptics Meet the Author Series presents Carol Tavris, co-author of
Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Where: SLC Conference Center (352 7th Ave 16th Fl. NYC 10001 - map)
When: Monday, May 5 @ 7:00PM
Why is it often so hard to admit mistakes, change our minds, or give up a wrong belief? What blocks us from even being aware that we are wrong and might need to change? Our cognitive biases and blind spots help us sleep at night, but they can also have disastrous consequences: for professionals clinging to outdated methods, for scientists unable to discard faulty hypotheses, for politicians determined to “stay the course” even as it leads into quicksand, for those who weave selfjustifying narratives to explain their cruelties, for any of us who defend our way as the only right way…in short, for all of us on this shrinking planet.
CAROL TAVRIS is a social psychologist, lecturer, and writer. Her books include Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion and The Mismeasure of Woman, and she has written articles and book reviews for many publications. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, a member of the editorial board of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.