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Why are we afraid to make mistakes?

I recently saw this article and found the following paragraph: "In science, you make your mistakes in public. You show them off so that everybody can learn from them. This way, you get the benefit of everybody else's experience, and not just your own idiosyncratic path through the space of mistakes."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/19/daniel-dennett-intuition-pumps-thinking-extract?CMP=twt_gu

While i'm not sure that all scientists share their mistakes so that others can learn form them, i was wondering why we're afraid to make mistakes at work, for instance? Is it because we are told that mistakes are not tolerated? Could it be our education, from our family and school, that mistakes should be avoided at all cost or hidden when they happen?

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  • Jun 1 2013: I guess it is because it is believed we would be sued and sacked from our jobs !

    In medical negligence cases a doctor would never say sorry because its admission of a mistake and liable for legal action. I think sometimes there should be a medical commissioner to find mistakes and why and make sure never happens again. In same breath make compensation fit the 'mistake' properly. Would then not allow the Lawyers to claim millions for some.

    Seems unfair and dependent on what kind of lawyer you can afford. Some aggrevied get everything, others get nothing !

    Complaints are a way of making things better overall. A marketing company said to listen to your complaints if you want to better your business.

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