Dr Stuart Firestein is the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Dr Firestein teaches students and “citizen scientists” that ignorance is far more important to discovery than knowledge. He says "We should value what we don't know -- or "high-quality ignorance" -- just as much as what we know".
Lulu Wang is a film maker and she’s currently making a Hollywood film about how her family kept her Granny in the dark about having terminal cancer and possibly only three months to live. They made this decision in the hope that it would help her live longer. In Chinese culture mental health is thought to directly affect physical health. Did it work and did her Grandmother eventually find out the family secret?
Henry Marsh is a leading Neurosurgeon and pioneer of neurosurgical advances who wrote Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain SurgeryHenry believes that in some instances it’s better for patients to be ignorant of the severity of an illness, particularly in the case of inoperable aneurysms. Knowing you have an aneurysm that could erupt at any time can cause more stress and a lower quality of life than is necessary.
- Mon 12 Mar 2018 16:30