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Dyed All Hues

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Should we hear/read/learn about the failures of things; especially if it was "scandalous" and they become successful from hiding it?

Ben Goldacre states that studies of medicine done on humans that are failures should be published. I agree. I think failures are something everyone wants to hide, but how can we learn if can't learn what not to do or what bad signs to look for.

Shouldn't this pertain to all other institutions as well, such as; education, government, religion, health, organizations, businesses, safety enforcers, and so on and so forth. I would also go so far as to say that people should be a bit more open about their own errors, but I don't think I would say lay it all on the table.

So should we know about the failures aside from the successes of things?

Update: Thanks to Fritzie for introducing us to this interesting link that "illuminates" failures.



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  • Sep 29 2012: Yes we should know about failures aside from the success. What steps did you take to recieve your success? what decisions were made that lead you to take that path? What does history show where past failings are still happening today? ... war, kaos and peace, trust and betrayal, it is all part of what makes us ... submissive information will only keep people in the dark. For people who may struggle with failure, just knowing that others can make the same bad choices may be more comforting than you think, to see that we are not alone on what ever it is you're doing. The true failure would be if we stopped trying because of it.
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      Sep 30 2012: Thank you for the inspiring comment Carla! You Move Me! =D

      Examination and Analysis is some of humans greatest tools for innovation!

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