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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 27 2013: It starts already in our childhood when we are told not to make any mistakes and when we are being punished for our mistakes. I think it's important for a child to know that there are no mistakes that can not be fixed.
    • Jun 27 2013: yea i agree with u but if we don't punch them they will think that they can do any thing they want right ??
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        Jun 27 2013: Right, I punch my two every chance I get. All they have to do is look at me for too long and I punch them. Both of them have black eyes right now, I mean It's summer time, who's gonna really know if you keep them locked up in the house? They live in fear of me but they sure know who is boss!

        Funny typo, I HOPE!
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          Jun 28 2013: I think the word they were trying to use is "punish"........an immergent writer whose English skills are still developing.........or perhaps too much texting?

          In either case, my ability to decode children's writing helped me here.

          :)

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