The Pursuit Of Ignorance Strong Response

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The Pursuit of Ignorance Strong Response In the TED talk, “The Pursuit of Ignorance,” Stuart Firestein makes the argument that there is this great misconception in the way that we study science. He describes the way we view the process of science today as, "a very well-ordered mechanism for understanding the world, for gaining facts, for gaining data." (Firestein 0:11 and 18:23) Although Firestein provides a convincing argument that modern science processes rely too much on facts instead of ignorance and new discovery, he fails to provide strong evidence that it should instead focus solely on the pursuit of ignorance. Firestein goes on to quote many highly acclaimed scientists in order to propose that the whole pursuit of knowledge has the singular purpose of perpetuating more questions. He bases his argument on the thesis that any discoveries in science lead to a ripple effect, an ever-expanding circumference of knowledge that leads to more ignorance. He states that every discovery in science propagates even more questions. This is an idea that has been adopted by many people in the fields of science such as anthropologists who study subjects like evolution. In the book, Introducing Anthropology, by Michael Alan Park, the ripple effect is adapted into the idea of a continuous cycle. It states, “Science works in a cycle, and the inductive and deductive reasoning of science is applied constantly to the different aspects of the same general subject. Data and hypotheses are
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