“Science makes me feel stupid too. It’s just that I’ve gotten used to it. So used to it, in fact, that I actively seek out new opportunities to feel stupid. I wouldn’t know what to do without that feeling. I even think it’s supposed to be this way.”
“Let me explain.” – continues the professor :
“The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries.”
Note : A similar essay was published in the Journal of Cell Science 121, 1771 (2008)
BONUS QUOTE: from Richard Feynman.
“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”
– from ‘What is Science?’, presented at the fifteenth annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, in New York City (1966) published in The Physics Teacher Vol. 7, issue 6 (1969)