Republish from UNDARK: Where Scientific Mistakes Are Welcome

Republish from UNDARK: Where Scientific Mistakes Are Welcome

This is a first for the Launch Pad blog - a complete republish (with permission) of an article from another source.  The article included below hit on something that I feel strongly about - enough so that just a summary would not do it justice.  

Science is learning and growth in knowledge.  If we got it all "right" the first time, it would be a downright boring process (and not science!).  Science is about making mistakes, learning from them, and gradually (or sometimes not so gradually) improving on a shared general knowledge.

So why is it difficult for a scientist to admit to a mistake publicly?  Maybe we don't give them proper tools to "come clean".  This article introduces us to a group who wants to change that.

Check it out - it's still a messy process... 

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The Common Rule Proposed Changes - An Attempt to Simplify "Common"

Let's see how simple we can make this...beware, I may go too far.  If you really want to know about this topic, click the "Human Subjects Protections Update" button to the right, and you will have plenty to read...

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