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The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

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Phil Plait was on a Hubble Space Telescope team of astronomers who thought they may have captured the first direct photo of an exoplanet ever taken. But did the evidence actually support that? Follow along as Plait shows how science progresses — through a robust amount of making and correcting errors. "The price of doing science is admitting when you're wrong, but the payoff is the best there is: knowledge and understanding," he says.

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18 Comments on The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

  1. Tanvir Ahmed // 11th April 2019 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    It’s science, bro!

  2. Kenjiro García // 11th April 2019 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    Crash course!

  3. Master of Intelligence - Official Channel // 11th April 2019 at 5:00 pm // Reply

    *SUPER secret to scientific discoveries*

  4. Sirius Lupin // 11th April 2019 at 5:00 pm // Reply

    Phil plait astronomy

  5. Chinmai Naregal // 11th April 2019 at 5:02 pm // Reply

    I remember him from CrashCourse!!!

  6. Vennie Thompson // 11th April 2019 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    Making mistakes may or may not help with scientific discoveriy. Scientific discovery is locating, identifying and analyzing both MISTAKES AND PREVIOUS OMISSIONS in understanding of what things are and how they work. Not so much just making mistakes, but locating and figuring from them regardless of who made them.

  7. This would’ve had a very different vibe yet contain the same factual message if it was delivered by a scientist at..Ratheon.

  8. Kurt E. Clothier // 11th April 2019 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    What, you mean my analysis of people near me on the bus that responded when I criticized their shoes isn’t enough to form a conclusion about the happiness of dog owners that recently quit smoking? Well, there goes millions of dollars of research grants!

    • Morty Sanchez // 11th April 2019 at 6:18 pm // Reply

      Did you also do this to dog owners who didnt quit, non dog owners who did quit, and non dog owners that didnt quit? And control groups? (Mayne dog owners who quit smoking that you dont criticize, and maybe a randomized group)

      Also, do have a way to correlate happiness to their reaction to your criticism?

      Do you have a standardized way of criticizing their shoes?

  9. What_are_we_doing ? // 11th April 2019 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    Did you put this on Google podcast before uploading it here or am I wrong?

  10. Renato Andrade // 11th April 2019 at 6:34 pm // Reply

    Grongratulations frontal Brazil. Nice vídeo!

  11. Ігор Кондратьєв // 11th April 2019 at 7:20 pm // Reply

    They say I look like an animated hero.
    Is it true?

    • Yeh you are really look like an animated character, oh my god you’r eyes are really big you can’t be human lol

  12. I remember when I was 6 and I found out the sun was a star. I was like…. No way! The sun is the sun! A star is a star! And when I thought of stars, I legit thought that stars looked like your typical 5 pointed star, like something you would draw or what was on top of a Christmas tree….

  13. quamrul siddiqui // 11th April 2019 at 8:42 pm // Reply

    The reason result is not science but the methodology is.

  14. first picture of a black hole was brought to the public and you are talking about exoplanets.. pfff, old farts

  15. Punya Pratyusha Sethi // 11th April 2019 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    Hey it’s the goat man

  16. yet again another TED talk that doesn’t talk about what it says in the title

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