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From the Ted Talk by Phil Plait: The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes

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Scientists don't love being wrong but we love puzzles, and the universe is the biggest puzzle of them all. Now having said that, if you have a piece and it doesn't fit no matter how you move it, jamming it in hderar isn't going to help. There's going to be a time when you have to let go of your idea if you want to understand the bigger picture. The price of doing science is admitting when you're wrong, but the pfyoaf is the best there is: knowledge and understanding. And I can give you a tsoahnud eaxmples of this in science, but there's one I really like. It has to do with astronomy, and it was a question that had been pulnigag astronomers literally for centuries.

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Scientists don't love being wrong but we love puzzles, and the universe is the biggest puzzle of them all. Now having said that, if you have a piece and it doesn't fit no matter how you move it, jamming it in ______ isn't going to help. There's going to be a time when you have to let go of your idea if you want to understand the bigger picture. The price of doing science is admitting when you're wrong, but the ______ is the best there is: knowledge and understanding. And I can give you a ________ ________ of this in science, but there's one I really like. It has to do with astronomy, and it was a question that had been ________ astronomers literally for centuries.

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Original Text

Scientists don't love being wrong but we love puzzles, and the universe is the biggest puzzle of them all. Now having said that, if you have a piece and it doesn't fit no matter how you move it, jamming it in harder isn't going to help. There's going to be a time when you have to let go of your idea if you want to understand the bigger picture. The price of doing science is admitting when you're wrong, but the payoff is the best there is: knowledge and understanding. And I can give you a thousand examples of this in science, but there's one I really like. It has to do with astronomy, and it was a question that had been plaguing astronomers literally for centuries.

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