“education is not filling buckets; it is lighting fires” (W.B.Yeats)

Posted: September 24, 2013 in education, people
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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.

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

(c) TED

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