The Pursuit of Ignorance

 What does real scientific work look like?

Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, professor at Columbia University, implies that Ignorance is far more important to discovery than knowledge.

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Firestein gets to the heart of science as it’s really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know — or “high-quality ignorance” — just as much as what we know.  Ignorance, he implies, is far more important to discovery than knowledge.   Firestein jokes: Real Science looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like “farting around … in the dark.”

What is your take on Ignorance, do you think it’s that important?

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