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Stuart Firestein: "Ignorance: How It Drives Science"

“Knowledge is a big subject. Ignorance is bigger...and it is more interesting.” These are the words of neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, the chair of Columbia University’s biology department. Firestein claims that exploring the unknown is the true engine of science, and says ignorance helps scientists concentrate their research. He compares science to searching for a black cat in a dark room, even though the cat may or may not be in there. Firestein's laboratory investigates the mysteries of the sense of smell and its relation to other brain functions. A discussion of the scientific benefits of ignorance.

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Reprinted from IGNORANCE: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein with permission from Oxford University Press, Inc. Copyright © 2012 by Stuart Firestein.

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
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With Petition & Protest, Pressure Builds On José Andrés To Pull Out Of Trump Hotel

Local pressure is building on restaurateur José Andrés to sever his ties to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who in a speech said immigrants coming into the U.S. are criminals and "rapists."
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With Petition & Protest, Pressure Builds On José Andrés To Pull Out Of Trump Hotel

Local pressure is building on restaurateur José Andrés to sever his ties to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who in a speech said immigrants coming into the U.S. are criminals and "rapists."
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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