Sometimes we frantically look for things that are right under our nose. In these cases, an old saying in Spanish goes “if it was a snake, it would have bit you by now”.
The phenomenon of being oblivious to subjects we are looking for is common. Sometimes the situation is hilarious, but when it happens with software bugs it is exasperating.
It is also exasperating when you miss discoveries that can change the entire course of human knowledge and science (and it has happened more than once)! Tune to this talk to learn about anecdotes of scientific near-misses that look too absurd to be true.
- Why it happens that we miss important things.
- Ways we can try to avoid the problem