But What If We're Wrong?

But What If We're Wrong?

Thinking About the Present as If It Were the Past

eBook - 2016
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Explores the idea that today's mainstream beliefs about the world are fundamentally incorrect, drawing on original interviews with intellectuals and experts to consider how music, sports, literature, and other present-day conventions may be perceived in future centuries.
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399184147
0399184147
Characteristics: 1 online resource (272 pages)

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cmsclay
Jun 26, 2017

The author starts with the premise that most, if not all, of what we currently think and believe about our universe, and even our own existence, is probably wrong. Then he spends 262 pages attempting to prove that his premise is right!

This book is so full of pseudo-scientific psycho-babble and personal author opinions that I got dizzy trying to read it. He would have been much better off filling the book with blank pages to illustrate his point. Then I probably would have given it a 5-star rating and had some extra paper to use for something more worthwhile.

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kpelish
May 14, 2017

Far too much rambling covers up some interesting explorations of how future generations will interpret our media, such as music, TV, and sports. This reads as a series of blog posts strung together.

LPL_MeredithW Mar 11, 2017

A really interesting thought experiment that considers what we "know" by assuming we're wrong about almost all of it. I sometimes find Chuck Klosterman's style tiring, but I liked it here. A great read!

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michrose
Jan 16, 2017

I liked the premise of his book, but couldn't get through the examples of pop culture repeatedly used. Had to stop reading as I found it a waste of time.

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ianhakes
Jan 13, 2017

Tedious repetition of one argument. Klosterman can be a funny and engaging writer - I found his footnotes usually offered one or the other - but the content of this book left me bored and uninterested. There's no insight here, other than Klosterman asking the same question for every topic, and his readers asking why they bothered to pick this up in the first place.

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OnlyAlis
Dec 21, 2016

This book was humorous, intelligent and thought provoking. I wished I had a person to discuss some of the philosophical and metaphysical questions raised. Highly recommended for those who enjoy actually thinking

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SoHum
Oct 02, 2016

Well, it is an odd book, but enjoyable nonetheless. Thought provoking if a bit long winded.
Definitely not the worst thing I've read lately.

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DickyMicky
Sep 23, 2016

After reading (and agreeing with) all of the comments posted below - I really don't see any need for me to state my opinion, as well, about Klosterman's redundant book, except to say that it sure was an unsatisfactory read and fell mighty short of its apparent potential.

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thebritlass
Sep 03, 2016

Okay, but rather disappointing - it started off with a bang but quickly became an increasingly (and unnecessarily) long-winded way of reminding us of the pitfalls of declaring certainty about anything.

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XGirl
Aug 24, 2016

Well, darlings - This book may have (to its advantage) an attention-grabbing, upside-down cover that immediately catches one's eye - But, unless you like to read pure gibberish (and I hope you don't), then "But What If We're Wrong?" is going to be a book that you'll soon find is just an utter waste of time.

This is one of those disappointing books whose gabby, little author promises the reader everything, but, in the long run, delivers nothing in the least bit memorable or worthwhile.

I'd say that you'd probably get more education out of reading the newspaper funnies, than you would with this redundant and rhetorical rubbish.

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