Topic V. Scientific Optimism: The Gas Pedal of Scientific Progress
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- B. CONCEPT ACQUISITION
- Omnivorous Science: Constantly learning new techniques, exposure to a variety of hypotheses & theories, interdisciplinary discussion, etc. Important to progress because there are payoffs for learning novel experimental/technological/theoretical techniques and questions/problems from many domains of science, even beyond the one that one starts from.
- Exemplary Quotes
- “I think we’re getting frustrated too quickly, and giving up too easily on each possible approach. Imagine that we had just heard that the other team had gotten this to work—we would be wracking our brains for weeks trying to figure out how they did it, not just the hour-and-a-half we just tried. This is a really hard problem, and we have to expect that it’s going to take a while to get some approaches to solving it.”
- A. ATTITUDES
- Appreciate that iterative work on a problem is the norm in science and the most productive approach (and in some cases the only way of being productive), even when it looks like it’s not getting anywhere.
- C. CONCEPT APPLICATION
- Explain how “Omnivorous science” can be important to progress.