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The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

Updated on June 25
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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A big misconception is that science is just a big pile of facts. Science is actually a process and a way of thinking. Gathering facts is only a piece of it, not the ultimate goal.

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The ultimate goal of science it to understand objective reality based on evidence.

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It’s done by people. We understand the universe well due to science. However, its weakness is that it's done by people! We bring a lot of baggage along with us when we investigate. We are egotistical, stubborn, superstitious, and tribal. We must be aware of this when studying science and developing a thesis.

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A planet was found orbiting a star like the sun. Observatories were designed to seek for more of these planets. Today, thousands have been found orbiting a star.

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