Productive Stupidity

From this article:

Productive stupidity means being ignorant by choice. Focusing on important questions puts us in the awkward position of being ignorant. One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time. No doubt, this can be difficult for students who are accustomed to getting the answers right. No doubt, reasonable levels of confidence and emotional resilience help, but I think scientific education might do more to ease what is a very big transition: from learning what other people once discovered to making your own discoveries. 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.

This transition, from learning what other people know to making our own discoveries, is difficult in other fields as well, from computer programming to spiritual research.  But it sure is fun!

Thanks to Henry Minute on the Code Project for pointing out this article, which is how I came across it.


2 thoughts on “Productive Stupidity

  1. I’m a programmer and last 2 years started to write. I wrote my first book called “My calm generates me happiness” I’m telling you because I saw your interview in “The Code Project” website and like you say: “The rest of my online time is spent on non-developer sites (don’t get any ideas!) dealing with science and philosophy.” I think almost all people involved with technology some day will start to search another kind of knowledge, spiritual and philosophy.

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