The Failure of The Experimenter- Raven W.

“It can take many years for good ideas to rise to the top, and bad ideas to drift to the Bottom.” (Chapter 2,page 33) When I first read that quote, I thought it was one of the most accurate quotes based about this topic that I have ever read. Let me explain why of course. Through the reading of chapter two, Richard Harris explained an experiment that involved using mice to look at certain genes and enzymes. Now with that experiment I was surprised at the outcome of how small simple things could have been avoided during this experiment. For example, when researchers started only using male mice instead of female mice because the scientist found it more challenging deal with they’re reproductive hormones, but all along that had been affecting the results of those tests. The reason I was mostly surprised is because in the science field, they probably should have known that it would have greatly affected the outcome of the experiment. I’m pretty sure that was an example of a bad idea which relates back to the first quote.TERT experiment

In the media that myself and others read, there’s always studies about different types of experiments that scientist have said they have either proven to be correct orscience learning have failed. Meaning that most of the reports were reading, have probably failed. As Glenn Begley said “If the experiments fail because the scientist were lazy, the work was sloppy, or the analysis was bad, that’s not the failure of an experiment- it’s a failure of the experimenter.” (page 40)That quote really made me think about how all of the research we read about different experiments that have recently been produced and given to the public by the media, that have apparently been “wrong” aren’t actually wrong. The experimenter just hasn’t done the experiment correctly which worries me for the future of the science industry. In the book scientific research gives more detail and background information and what I mean by that, is that it actually says the truth about certain experiments. Richard Harris definitely didn’t sugar coat anything about certain experiments. If the experiments have been proven wrong or have not had thorough research, he will definitely explain why it’s wrong and how the scientist messed up. That’s one of the reasons why I have started to like the book even more because I actually get the truth.

In the last few paragraphs of the chapter, they’re was a study done by Thomas Bugge and Daniel Madsen to resolve the question of whether the tissue dissolving enzymes comes from invading cells from the tissue that’s being invaded. I don’t completely understand what was going on with this experiment but I am interested in learning more about this. Through the reading of chapter two, I learned that researches learn things from failing from this quote “Science only advances when researchers try something, fail, and then learn from their failures.” With that quote, I can actually agree with it because the scientist are learning from their mistakes, which is a step for the science industry to get better, but they have a lot more work to do.   

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  1. The author of this article mentions the quote “If the experiments fail because the scientists were lazy, the work was sloppy, or the analysis was bad, ‘that’s not the failure of an experiment- it’s a failure of the experimenter.’” in the book on page 40 in the 1st paragraph, and I agree with the author when this quit strikes the thought of concern for the future of science. Science will only tell as much of the truth as much as the investigator will let it.
    -Adelyne T.

  2. I really liked the quotes you picked out for your post about chapter two. I also liked how you explained them and showed your opinions. I totally agree with what you said about your second quote and how it is really concerning that scientists are not doing the experiments correctly and not doing them carefully which will make damages on future science. I really enjoyed your post! -Itzayana R.

  3. I really liked the quotes you picked out for your post about chapter two. I also liked how you said your opinions and explanations. I agree with what you said about the second quote and how it is concerning that scientists aren’t doing the experiments correctly which will make damages in future science. I really enjoyed reading your post! -Itzayana R.

  4. This chapter was interesting overall, we always knew about our experiment process the ones we do in school but other than that I didn’t think about it in depth about how philocefers do it in the real world or what consequences they have for not doing it right. I 100% agree with what you said. I too, like to hear the truth about things we only know little about but not what happens in the process. You did a really good job presenting your ideas to us- Michelle G.

  5. The author of this article include quotes and her opinion on the topic, giving the readers different perspectives to think about. As she quoted Rigor Mortis “If the experiments fail because the scientist were lazy, the work was sloppy, or the analysis was bad, that’s not the failure of an experiment- it’s a failure of the experimenter.” I personally agree with the author and the authors opinions. Its time for scientist to learn from their mistakes and stop taking short cuts that are causing experiments to “fail”.
    -Elizabeth M.

  6. Kerrisa L. – After reading your Blog post, I really enjoyed the way you state your opinion throughout the post. Instead of just stating facts or things that you read in the book, you wrote about how you felt about these certain things, and the thoughts that you had on them. You also use lots of facts and quotes from the book, to back up your opinions. Overall I was really impressed with your blog post.

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