The secret to being wrong isn't to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn't fatal. — Seth Godin, Tribes (2008) For the past few years I have pondered how to be wrong in HCI research. By "being wrong" I do not mean blundering in experimental design, being irresponsible with participants' well-being, or generating false findings. Rather, I think of situations where a researcher discovers that an empirical study does not justify a strong belief based on existing HCI knowledge. Or when HCI as a field of research is…
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