(T)he real reason researchers automatically assume that every unexpected result is a stupid mistake .. is rooted in the way the human brain works… we carefully edit our reality, searching for evidence that confirms what we already believe. Although we pretend we’re empiricists — our views dictated by nothing but the facts — we’re actually blinkered, especially when it comes to information that contradicts our theories. The problem with science, then, isn’t that most experiments fail — it’s that most failures are ignored.
When you read it, replace “science” with “fiber art.” Sometimes we approach our work with assumptions that have us editing out possibilities before they’re even considered. Now that’s a tragedy. Just something to think about during your next critique.