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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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      Oct 2 2012: What I mean is that people(s) who have failed should talk about their failures personally, and not have some third party, like the news, broadcast their failures. I think it would be a better learning experience for both the group/individual as well as the group/individual receiving the information. Goldacre talks about peer reviewed data and how the failures are usually not published, due to detracting credit from a group/individual like pharmaceutical companies.

      I feel as though my description explains this point somewhat clearly, but if there is anything more specific you'd like me to clarify, please feel free to ask. =)
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          Oct 2 2012: Aha...that sounds like a good i-dear.
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          Oct 2 2012: I feel like my rephrased question has a better ring to it?

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