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Making Mistakes in a Good Direction — The God Complex and Experiments

This fascinating TED talk will resonate on many levels with people who read this blog — study design, arrogance, vindication, creativity, inspiration, complexity, evolution, and authority are all dealt with. The topic is “the God complex” — the tendency for people to want to state definite known answers or utilize simplistic models with confidence, despite the complexity they face and the likelihood they are wrong.

And like all great TED talks, the ending is sublime and a little moving.

Happy Friday!

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About Kent Anderson

I am the Publisher at AAAS/Science. Previously, I have worked as CEO/Publisher of the STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are my own.

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