How Failure Helps Scientific Discovery

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Failure is part of science and it's like a same thing that wants you allow people to fail they don't fail as often as you fail less I think they fail less often I think people fail when they're like stultified or frozen because they're so worried about not getting it right we like people follow their passion and failure is part of it, it's not like why can't this work it's how we're going to make this work, in other words we are just going to keep exploring other options because it is always it's going to work 100 years from now so it's just how far you push it.

I think we signed on to do high risk research here and it's very funny because one of things that every young faculty member counsel including me was focus, focus, focus you're all over the place just choose one thing, go deep. To me that is the most terrifying thing in the world because you're either right or wrong it's all or not.

I'm somebody who does many things, and we attract to people at this institute who do many things, because they are excited about many things. They have ideas about many things. When they do more things they feedback and give us different perspectives and ideas on it. And what happens is, the risk is that you can't keep up with it so things are going to be left up by the wayside and fail.

But for the most part what you see is if you have good people is that most of things actually work. One of my problems is I've heard people say you're supposed to do high risk research, give us all the failures. We haven't heard that many failures. Failures often come from interpersonal challenges and ownership issues and things like that.

And I wouldn't call them failures, they are just slowed down. Failure's not really discussed because it's part of the game.