Wrongness at PopTech

I just got back from PopTech, the ridiculously fun annual conference of ideas in Camden, Maine.  In keeping with our intriguingly wrongness-obsessed zeitgeist, this year's theme was "Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs."  I was honored to kick off the conference with Dan Ariely, and to spend several days in the company of so many smart, thoughtful, fun people. 

And speaking of kicking, I got a kick out of the talented Peter Durand's on-the-spot rendering of my PopTech talk.  Next time, maybe I'll just draw instead of speak.  Or hold up his poster and call it a day.

Poster: Peter Durand
Photo: Steve Carl

Okay, maybe you don’t have strong beliefs about the “right” way to load a dishwasher, or about your sweetheart’s propensity to do it “wrong.” In that case, either you are unusually saintly or (like me) you don’t own a dishwasher. But you almost certainly get involved in domestic disputes about who’s right and who’s wrong all the time; we all do. Although interpersonal arguments can have a number of causes – from serious and painful breaches in trust to the fact that we haven’t had our coffee yet – an impressive number of them amount to a tug-of-war over who possesses the truth. We fight over the right to be right.