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Wednesday, May 15 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Campus Theme Presentation: Ignorance, Failure, Doubt, Uncertainty–Why Science is So Successful

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Science succeeds by creating ignorance, utilizing failure, harnessing doubt and exploiting uncertainty. In other contexts these may all be seen to be negatives, but in the pursuit of scientific understanding they, not just facts, are the critical drivers. The value of pursuing Ignorance in science is not just that it leads to new facts or knowledge, but more importantly it leads to better ignorance – to higher quality, more sophisticated questions. It is the caliber of the questions that determine the value of the science.


Stuart Firestein

Dr. Stuart Firestein is the former Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences where his laboratory studies the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. Aside from its molecular detection capabilities, the olfactory... Read More →

Wednesday May 15, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm AKDT
Science Bldg. RM 151

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