Nov. 18, 2020

Stefan Gaillard on the importance of Trial & Error

Stefan Gaillard on the importance of Trial & Error

Why is it so hard for us to admit mistakes? That's what my guest Stefan Gaillard & I explore in this episode. Stefan is the Editor of The Journal of Trial & Error, a project that seeks to promote the discussion of mistakes. Unlike traditional...


Why is it so hard for us to admit mistakes? That's what my guest Stefan Gaillard & I explore in this episode. Stefan is the Editor of The Journal of Trial & Error, a project that seeks to promote the discussion of mistakes. Unlike traditional publications, The Journal actively seeks out things that have gone wrong is academic research, with the aim of learning from it.

If we want to have innovation, we need to accept trial and error. What Stefan and his colleagues have identified is that errors are more commonplace than we might think and yet we don't want to talk about them. During our discussion, we explore the genesis of the Journal and his experiences in attempting to publish things that aren't normally published.

It's a fascinating exploration fo a dynamic we all understand; the fact we're fallible and get things wrong. Yet we often don't want to talk about it. His experience is in academia, but it's highly relevant to all of us.

For more on the Journal visit the website: https://www.jtrialerror.com/the-manifesto-for-trial-and-error-in-science/

And if you're reading this before 30 November 2020, you can also join the launch party for the Journal here: https://bit.ly/36BvXa4