Stuart Firestein

The pursuit of ignorance

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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.

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Stuart Firestein · Neuroscientist

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

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