[LMB] OT: Practice for terraforming Beta Colony on Earthly deserts

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 17 06:43:50 BST 2021


Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Gwynne: So many people don't realise that an experiment that doesn't give
> the result you expected isn't a failure. Sure, it didn't work the way you wanted,
> but it gave information. You learned something from it. It's given a new
> direction for further experiments. No is as useful as Yes, sometimes.

Unfortunately, sometimes what you learn is that you don't know how to
design an experiment properly.  Or that there are crucial variables
that simply *can't* be controlled adequately.  Or that the best you can
say is that there *must* be *some* uncontrolled factor, but you have no
idea what, because the results don't have any apparent pattern at all.
See also: the Journal of Irreproducible Results.

Joel


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