I was reading Ignorance this morning. I came across this quote by Emo Philips.
I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. – Emo Philips
I have been enjoying reading this little book. Some of the topics it discusses give me a visceral feeling of uneasiness, like can we really understand the brain, and can we know what the conditions were like at the beginning of time? And in astrophysics the farther you look the older you see. Or how different are the brains of humans and animals?
Stewart Firestein‘s writing coupled with my experiences in the lab this summer have given me food for though as to how we approach science, education, and asking questions about the world around us.
In the book review from the NY times it ends with Dr. Firestein’s advice,
To get a feel for how scientists really think, he offered this advice: Next time you meet a scientist — at a dinner party, at your child’s school, just by chance — don’t ask her to explain what she does. Ask her what she’s trying to figure out.