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Stuart Firestein:
The pursuit of ignorance

TED2013 · 18:33 · Filmed Feb 2013
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Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance
18:33 · Filmed February 2013 at TED2013 · Subtitles available in 27 languages

What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know — or “high-quality ignorance” — just as much as what we know.

Neuroscientist
Stuart Firestein teaches students and “citizen scientists” that ignorance is far more important to discovery than knowledge. Full bio
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