I Don't Know

I Don't Know

In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)

By Leah Hager Cohen

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594632396, 116pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2013

A short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt and admitting when the answer is: I don't know.
In a tight, enlightening narrative, Leah Hager Cohen explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean. Weaving entertaining, anecdotal reporting with eye-opening research, she considers both the ramifications of and alternatives to this ubiquitous habit in arenas as varied as education, finance, medicine, politics, warfare, trial courts, and climate change. But it's more than just encouraging readers to confess their ignorance--Cohen proposes that we have much to gain by embracing uncertainty. Three little words can in fact liberate and empower, and increase the possibilities for true communication. So much becomes possible when we honor doubt.

About the Author
Leah Hager Cohen is the author of several books, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans. Among the honors her books have received are selection as a New York Times Notable Book and selection as a Book Sense 76 pick. She is a contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013

Author Leah Hager Cohen says it's time to stop faking your way through conversations. "Once you finally own up to what you don't know, then you can begin to have honest interactions with the people around you," she explains. More at NPR.org

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