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In praise of intellectual uncertainty

“Nonsense,” by Jamie Holmes, a fellow at the public-policy think tank New America, explores ambiguity and uncertainty, arguing that in many cases we too quickly run for the safety of certitude. Holmes is a fine writer and a clear thinker who leads us through the uses of confusion in art, business, medicine, engineering, police work and family life, using academic studies and narratives. In the process, he offers several useful takeaways.