10 Public "I was wrong" Admissions by Scientists and Intellectuals

post by Hashem ElAssad (hashem-elassad) · 2024-06-10T14:19:51.341Z · LW · GW · 3 comments

“I was wrong”

Why are these three words so hard for the human tongue? This question has fascinated for a very long time…. Talk about the importance of integrity is common in intellectual circles but actual cases that demonstrate that are much harder to find. Alas, it turns out scientists are human too… 

Two years ago, I started collecting those noteworthy cases where intellectuals and scientists admitted mistakes in public. My hope is that such compilations can help in building and understanding a healthy culture about admitting mistakes, especially in intellectual circles. I finally published 10 Times Scientists Admitted They Were Wrong and What You Can Learn from Them  “https://www.clearerthinking.org/post/10-times-scientists-admitted-they-were-wrong-and-what-you-can-learn-from-them  

at Spencer Greenberg’s Clearer Thinking. Take a look and get in touch if this topic interests you:)


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comment by papetoast · 2024-06-10T14:32:57.434Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

The title is messed up

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comment by Hashem ElAssad (hashem-elassad) · 2024-06-10T14:35:03.309Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

how so?

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comment by papetoast · 2024-06-10T17:25:29.924Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I pattern matched onto "10 Times Scientists Admitted They Were Wrong" and thought you made some sort of editing mistake, now I see what you're saying with the added quotes