Dr. Firestein argues that intellectual foibles such as failure and ignorance are actually an essential component of doing science.
Science is exploration, and exploration begins with just two things that are really easy: ignorance, and a desire to stop being ignorant.
Why are humans religious? As an aspiring rabbi, this is a central question of my life.
What do we learn from failure? What happens when our dogma — whether scientific or religious — turns out to be wrong?
Knowledge and uncertainty, and belief and doubt, are often two sides of the same coin, and it’s the dynamic relationship between the two that drives us forward. At the second Sinai and Synapses seminar, Professors Karl Giberson and Stuart Firestein share their thoughts on this tension.
“Knowing” can be a big problem, because “knowing” prevents “learning.” And so perhaps that’s why the Rabbis urged us to do something very challenging – to “teach [our] tongue to say ‘I don’t know.’”