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But What If We re Wrong Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity How certain are we about our understanding of gravity How certain are we about our understanding

  • Title: But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
  • Author: Chuck Klosterman
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  • But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past By Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity How certain are we about our understanding of gravity How certain are we about our understanding of time What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today How seriously should we view the content of our dreams How seriously should we viewNew York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity How certain are we about our understanding of gravity How certain are we about our understanding of time What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today How seriously should we view the content of our dreams How seriously should we view the content of television Are all sports destined for extinction Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown or weirder still widely known, but entirely disrespected Is it possible that we overrate democracy And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we ve reached the end of knowledge Klosterman visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who ll perceive it as the distant past Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We re Wrong is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot D az, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others interwoven with the type of high wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt It s a seemingly impossible achievement a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did It s about how we live now, once now has become then.

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    1. As the opening chapter questions whether we could be wrong about the existence of gravity, I thought this would be a book about philosophy and the nature of existence Of course, I should have looked closely at the author s name Chuck Klosterman writes about the arts and pop culture, so rather than questioning the nature of existence, mostly this book questions our value judgements on the arts and pop culture The chapter on books asks just how wrong we can be about who will be the voice of this g [...]

    2. Excuse me I just have to go pat myself on the back for ninety minutes for having read nonfiction voluntarily My brain is bigger than yours, and I am the greatest person alive I don t run, so I don t know what a runner s high feels like and I never will and I never want to, but I imagine it s a lot like finishing a nonfiction book you read without anyone making you Because, like, wow I feel like I just won a MacArthur grant, or discovered a new law of physics, or something.Despite the fact that t [...]

    3. 3.5 4 starsI loved this book up until about half way through It was covering topics like string theory, the multiverse, and our understanding of gravity One of my favorites As a species, the concept of infinity might be too much for us I suspect the human conception of infinity is akin to a dog s conception of a clock love this Discussions with Tyson and Greene Aristotle and Galileo make appearances throughout I also loved the chapter on history with Klosterman s saying, history is defined by pe [...]

    4. Don t go into this book if you really expect to learn something or encounter firm opinions from Chuck Klosterman except, of course, his wholly incorrect view on the movie Independence Day I thought I might hate this book going by the first chapter, which seemed to talk in circles about doubt and certainty Fortunately, subsequent sections are arranged around different themes, and the focus does Klosterman a world of good Nobody wants to read nearly 300 pages of that annoying devil s advocate frie [...]

    5. This was my first Klosterman book and my first nonfiction book in a minute as the kids say I really liked most of the book It s pretty abstract, there aren t any answers to the questions he s asking since we can t see into the future, but I enjoyed the discussion and trying to gaze into the crystal ball The premise of the book is trying to look at the present as if it were the past, basically putting ourselves into a time machine and looking back at our current times from a variety of angles Eac [...]

    6. In his latest book, Chuck Klosterman takes a look at the present as if it were the distant past, posing some interesting thought experiments what will people think of the early 21st century in 500 years time Will rock music still be popular and who will be remembered as the epitome of the genre Will team sports like football still be popular Who will be remembered as the most significant writer of this time Has science reached an impasse or are we about to discover a major new bountiful field of [...]

    7. I really want to give this stars, I should have liked it but, ugh Yes, I m sure lots of the things we now believe about reality may one day be proven wrong, but so what How does that effect our lives Well, as the author states it doesn t because most people don t care The shepherd in 1500 A.D who was suddenly told the earth went around the sun and not vice versa, was shocked and then went back to his sheep We re just the same, centuries from now when we finally unlock the secrets of the quantum [...]

    8. I don t always read non SF F but when I do, I like to make sure it s the kind of non fiction that makes me incredibly annoying at parties God, you should have seen me the year I read Malcolm Gladwell s Blink , I could hammer the thought candy from that book into any conversation about anything at all Gladwell s premise is that throughout history we have been completely wrong abouteverythingSO, what things that we accept as completely true now, will we look back on in 500 years and laugh at He as [...]

    9. This was a fun book I received an ARC in exchange for my review, and I have to say that I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves to ask What if This is one of those books you just can t take seriously at all, but if you re willing to follow the author down the hypothetical scenario rabbit hole, it s quite amusing You will ponder who the next Kafka will be, whether the Beatles will still be historically important in the far future, whether there is another version of you or multiple ve [...]

    10. Best thing I ve read this year.The premise is pretty simple Basically, Klosterman spends most of a bookt PROVING that we re wrong about just about everything, but asking questions that make us think, If I step outside myself for a second, I COULD be wrong You d be amazed the places he goes with this He starts with fucking gravity STARTS with Not proving that gravity is nonexistent as we experience it, but that it may be an emergent force, which is a force that results from other things and there [...]

    11. You may expect this book to be filled with doubt and it is , but even so, it advocates humility.In But What If We re Wrong , Chuck Klosterman jumps from topic to topic, questioning some of the opinions that society has or less reached consensus on Some of these are objective our understanding of gravity , and some are subjective who will be considered the greatest writer of the 21th century , but it s interesting to think about Opinion in the macro sense of what society believes in the aggrega [...]

    12. 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 It s the written equivalent of throat clearing and foot shuffling parenthetical asides, wryly humorous footnotes, run on digressions from his central point It can be charming.But in small doses, and in the right context In But What If We re Wrong it becomes, frankly, annoying.The book s conceit is a good one What will matter in 300 or [...]

    13. I usually love reading Klosterman, but this book was difficult to get through and on the whole not enjoyable unfortunately It s fun to listen to him on Bill Simmons podcast present unorthodox views on sports or cultural events, and his celebrity profiles are always fresh and have a distinct slant to them But I felt his writing style, which was unnecessarily convoluted at times, wasn t a great fit for this subject matter High brow writing about low brow topics is where he seems to excel It felt l [...]

    14. This is a terribly interesting book Klosterman speculates about what in our present lives will still have significance in the far future and how it will be perceived It s a book about perspectives and also a book of criticism He devotes time to questions about which books of our time will still be read 200 or 300 yearss from now, what songs and artists will be perceived as epitomizing our age What is the future of sports What is the future of American democracy Are we at the end of science or do [...]

    15. A book long pointless intellectual exercise, but a really fun and interesting one This is my favorite Klosterman in a while it s both serious and thoughtful, and funnier, than his last few efforts If you d like the experience of a truly excellent semi sober dinner conversation with a smart, surprising companion but in book form, well here it is

    16. There s a subset of readers who will adore Chuck Klosterman s most recent book, But What if We re Wrong , and a second likely larger subset who will view it as frustrating and pointless intellectual masturbation I m firmly in the first camp, and not just because my job demands I have a high tolerance for frustrating and pointless intellectual masturbation I ve been a fan of Klosterman s for years, mainly because he speaks my middle aged pop culture obsessed nerd lingo And while that side of him [...]

    17. The questions that obsess Klosterman are not ones that keep me up at night A few years ago I tried to read Kathryn Schulz s Being Wrong and I hadn t been compelled to finish But this was a lot of fun to read, and it required a lot of thinking I claim to enjoy that, but sometimes this made my head hurt Don t know if it was the thoughts or CK s meandering writing style He s sort of conducting Gedankenexperments, so I thought of those terms like backcasting and hindcasting , but I don t know anythi [...]

    18. This is my new favorite book There are so many chapters that would work perfectly as introductory texts to so many disciplines history, philosophy, science, philosophy of science, philosophy of history I want everyone I know to read this book so we can talk about it That is all.

    19. The premise what if we re wrong about what we know for sure now, and how will we see our past selves in the future Klosterman discusses and dissects the concepts of gravity, the NFL, TV, art, and democracy, among others This book is well researched and well writtend I hated every minute of it Klosterman comes across as self important and arrogant He makes his pointd then continues to explain it for another 30 pages It s honest to God mental masturbation at its finest I finally started skimming t [...]

    20. From the title and the blurb I expected this book would address basic assumptions that we, as a culture, seldom question but which are not necessarily true It doesn t do that Although there is a little about science and some philosophical underpinnings of the U.S Constitution, most of the book looks at pop culture fiction, TV, music, and sports and asks if the assessments of contemporary critics will reflect how people of the future judge these things.My initial reaction was something like, Don [...]

    21. If you re the type of person who gets annoyed at conversations that seem unsolvable i.e What if the color red I see isn t the color red you see , then do not read this book However, if you re fascinated by these philosophical quandaries Neil deGrasse Tyson calls them beer conversations in the book , then this book is for you I love his overriding concept of trying to figure out how to today will be judged by tomorrow At first I was worried that it might veer into pot conversation territory, but [...]

    22. Before we can argue that something we currently appreciate deserves inclusion in the world of tomorrow, we must build that future world within our mind This is not easy even with drugs But it s not even the hardest part The hardest part is accepting that we re building something with parts that don t yet exist.Reading But What If We re Wrong Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past is like being a fly on the wall of Chuck Klosterman s pot filled dormroom, listening in as he meanderingly [...]

    23. Upon finishing this book which admittedly took me longer than I Wear the Black Hat , I laughed to myself Boy, wouldn t getting Klosterman in a room with Stephen Kern be interesting In this book, Klosterman asks But what about the things we re all wrong about Klosterman asks us to consider what about our current present thinking may be possibly, completely, and utterly wrong, as all pre 1600 peoples were prior to empiricism, mathematization, etc i.e the scientific revolution The great genius of C [...]

    24. I found Klosterman s But What If We re Wrong thought provoking and unsatisfying in roughly equal measure I haven t read anything by him before and came across this book somewhere It s another one that I can t for the life of my remember how it ended up on my to read list The premise was obviously intriguing what if we thought about the present as we do the past This is broken down over a number of themes and tangents, including discussion of how likely rock music and team sports are to survive t [...]

    25. This book is a collection of essays and arguments revolving around a central theme looking into the past with eyes colored by the present Klosterman presents arguments ranging from future cultural popularity who will define rock music The Sex Pistols Bob Dylan Chuck Berry to scientific theories will our theory of gravity seem as preposterous to future humans as the geocentric model of the universe seems to us.Klosterman s meditations kindled memories of a Shakespeare seminar I took in college Th [...]

    26. I have loved the writing and thinking of Chuck Klosterman since he was the ethicist for the New York Times He is brilliant without being abstruse, a perfect delight to read This book is no exception His basic premise is certainly not in dispute Anyone who has looked back at his high school year book knows that certainties are only temporary A superficial look back at history reveals a parade of establishment truths that have not survived the clinical examination of the modern scientific process [...]

    27. This is a wonderfully refreshing idea for a book how will the present look from the future What will we think about the way we looked at sports and democracy and rock music It s, of course, almost impossible to really imagine how things will look as we gaze back at the past from the future It s intriguing to contemplate Klosterman consults lots of his favorite armchair philosophers about these questions and the result is this little book Why, then, the average rating, you ask I wish the book had [...]

    28. I enjoyed the mental gymnastic and general brain trippiness of this book which looks at the present and all the things we take for granted as universally true through the lens of time and asksIn the future will we still feel the same about this as we do now, and what if a great many of the things we accept as fundamentally true at this time are looked back on as fundamentally wrong by the future After all, every generation has felt like they have known the truth , but every future generation loo [...]

    29. 4.5 starsEvery Klosterman book is entertaining, and I immensely enjoyed But What if We re Wrong , which rather than the musical based Pop culture themes of his previous non fiction works focuses on the philosophical nature of right vs wrong, how our current age will be thought of when it s history , and how nearly impossible it is to predict how today will be seen once today is tomorrow.

    30. I hope that I find a copy to read, and that there is about science gravity is mentioned than pop culture After all, the title uses the word wrong and how can we be wrong about an opinion such as The Greatest Rock Band unless, maybe Klosterman will actually be discussing The Rock Band that is Most Memorialized or something measurable like that.

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