Enemies of Science Rhea Mehta


Journal #1 - Today we chose our AOK 3 groups and topic. As a group we decided to do learn about Natural Science. Personally I felt that the structure was similar to writing any other essay in another class. It includes of a knowledge claim, evidence, and analysis just like the PEE chain. I wasn't here in class time so I don't know what they discussed.

Journal #2 - I studied for my quiz and passed with a 8/10. Then I used the remaining of the class to chose my knowledge question and listened to elective readings. I personally liked the question I chose because the evidence worked well with the question.

Journal #3 - After writing my essay I came up with a new understanding between doubt and ignorance. It was interesting to use evidence from the book "Ignorance." Je had a very interesting story to tell. Writing the paragraph wasn't very difficult because we've used this style of writing quite a bit and I understood the question and talk very well so I enjoyed writing about this topic. Natural Science is complicated topic and people tend to mix and get confused by doubt and ignorance so I enjoyed writing about it.


Within the various areas of science, more than doubt itself, ignorance may be the enemy of science.

Stuart Firestein, a renounced biology professor at Columbia University, started the discussion about ignorance in science with his book, “Ignorance: How It Drives Science.” As professor Firestein began to teach his course, Cellular and Molecular Neurology, he perceived that he had taught his students that science is just an accumulation of facts. When professor Stuart goes into the real world he acknowledges with his many colleagues that the discussions they share isn’t about the science that has been known, but what science is left to figured out. Based on this, Stuart Firestein decided to teach his class, Ignorance: an insight into knowing the unknown and missing pieces of science.

Doubt causes individuals to frame a lot of questions which is the first step to getting more answers. Ignorance, however, may be the real “enemy” of science. Ignorance describes a particular condition of knowledge: the absence of fact, understanding, insight, or clarity of something. It is not an individual lack of knowledge but a communal gap of knowledge. It is a case where data don’t exist or more commonly existing data don’t make sense, don't add up to a coherent explanation, cannot be used to make a prediction or statement about some thing or event. This is knowledgable ignorance, perceptive ignorance, insightful ignorance. Because scientists and researches are ignorant about the ignorance in science, the knowledge perceived is incomplete. The incomplete information of science is what makes it such an enemy since no one ever chooses to take it into account.

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