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Failure is data. Failures lead to a fundamental change in the way we think about future experiments.
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The quote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” has become a staple of self-help and business books.
But it is also the perfect quote to illustrate how what almost everyone else means by failure is different from what it means in science.
It's not just young scientists who have become failure-averse. As you move on in your career and have to obtain grant support, you naturally highlight the successes and propose experiments that will continue to produce results. The lab becomes a kind of money machine.
Although these th...
The alternative to running out of steam is to fail better. Skeptics may wonder how to write a grant proposal where you promise to "fail better," or getting a job with a research strategy that lays out your program for failing better.
Yet, that is the right way to proceed. ...
Many scientists say that science is about a pragmatic approach to putting pieces into a puzzle, and the more pieces you add, the more successful you are.
But this approach is driving science into a corner. We can't keep up with the exponentially expanding literature of eve...
This will require the kind of revolutionary change in our perspective, comparable to a paradigm shift.
Revolutionary changes often happen faster than "organic" changes. They may seem unthinkable at first, but once the first shot is fired, change occurs rapidly. Science is ...
Scientists should embrace failing better. Failing better means looking beyond the obvious, further than what you know and what you know how to do. Failing better happens when we allow ourselves to ask questions, doubt results, and allow uncertainty.
The way of science is n...
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At some point in life, all of us have failed. It could be something as simple as not getting through a driving licence test or something as big as losing in an international competition.
Failure doesn’t mean that you haven’t worked hard; it simply means that you need to take another appr...
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You’re probably guilty of overthinking the error of your ways and wondering how you could have done things differently.
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