Stuart Firestein's Ignorance: How It Drives Science

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In Stuart Firestein’s manuscript, Ignorance: How It Drives Science, he argues that ignorance is unquestionable characteristic of scientific success. He delineates ignorance not as blatant idiocy, but rather as “a communal gap in knowledge” and even postulates that it fosters the greatest research in science, because it is comprised of the dynamic energy required in the journey for scientific innovation (Firestein 7, 15). Moreover, he articulates that ignorance in academia can exhibit itself in various ways, including “the incentive of possibility”, and most importantly, exploration driven by the unknown; it asks scientists to choose “a particular place of darkness” to investigate (Firestein 62). In contrast to his strong trust in these “dark

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