Sunday, August 14, 2005

The discovery of ignorance

Recently, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, dedicated a special issue to "what we don't know."

We invent all sorts of explanations to cover our ignorance -- gods, fate, luck, spirits. When it finally dawned on humans that it was permissible to say "I don't know," science began. See this week's Musing.