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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 10 2013: Well, what exactly is a mistake? Yes, we can agree that you can learn from mistakes, but sometimes the lesson that we learn is not victorious enough to overpower the damage from the mistake.
    In science mistakes are usually not feared because the whole goal o experimentation is to make mistakes. The information that you learn from these mistakes prevails over the detriment which is caused by the mistake. This detriment sometimes not even existing.

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