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.
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.”