Stem Cell Research Questions

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1. What examples of learning by "happy accident" have you experienced in your own life? In my own life, I have been lucky enough to encounter a range of happy accidents that have helped me learn and better explore the world. For instance, as a child, I was able to understand the concept of depth by trying to cram all of my possessions into a desk drawer. I was able to understand the concept of radius and diameter when I was slicing up an apple pie for my mother. The concept of evaporation was demonstrated to me firsthand as a child in that I was too lazy to clean up a glass of water that I spilled in my room. Hours later, I found that science had cleaned it up for me. Excited, I read all about evaporation and was able to understand the principles behind the subject. 2. What do you think it means for a person (especially a scientist) to have a "prepared mind," as Pasteur describes? As Pasteur describes, a "prepared mind" is a mind which is well educated, and which has taken the time to study and understand certain fundamental concepts and principles in a variety of fields. A prepared mind describes a mind that has all the foundations in place so that learning, and more importantly, real discovery, can occur. This mind has all the solid foundations in place so that exploration and chance can bless it with good fortune. 3. How can a person prepare his or her mind to be open to chance within any particular discipline? What roles might education, job experience, and
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