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"In his new book, Ignorance, neuroscientist Stuart Firestein goes where most academics dare not venture. Firestein openly confesses that he and the rest of his field don’t really know that much, relatively speaking. And what’s more, knowing itself, he argues, is highly overrated."

I like this sort of humility! Popular science books need much more of this, in my opinion.
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It's not communicated to the public very well, but this is the essential philosophy of science: "What I know is far less than what I think I know." It's a shame that the public sees science as haughty and know-it-all, because nothing could be further from the truth.

Edit: fixed the maxim, I had it backwards.
 
Einstein said, "Research is what we do when we don't know what we're doing. If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't call it research."
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