Knowledge is a big subject. Ignorance is a bigger one. The most important outcome of scientific investigation is ignorance – newer, better ignorance. As many papers and books are produced each year in scientific journals, even more ignorance is created. The nature of a successful experiment is to learn perhaps one new thing and produce at least two new questions. Join our esteemed experts, Dr. Stuart Firestein and Dr. Darren Griffin in a discussion of why “ignorance is bliss!”
What You Will Learn
- How scientists are using ignorance to guide their experiments
- Why uncertainty is more important than facts
- How focusing on the “what remains to be done” can make science more accessible to a lay audience.
- How we use ignorance to teach science as a creative and engaging activity for students
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Meet Your Experts
Professor Stuart Firestein teaches Neuroscience and is the Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences, where his laboratory investigates mysteries of the vertebrate olfactory system, the sense of smell. He has published more than 100 papers in scientific and scholarly journals. Dedicated to promoting the accessibility of science to a public audience he serves as an advisor for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program for the Public Understanding of Science. He was awarded the 2011 Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching and was recently elected as Fellow of the AAAS. His book, Ignorance: How it Drives Science was published in the spring of 2012 by Oxford University Press.
Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK. Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University. In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Dr. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge. He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988.
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