Stuart Firestein, author of ‘Ignorance,’ insists in an interview with Casey Schwartz that being certain is highly overrated.
Katherine Stevens: I like his attitude about admitting that we don't know everything and looking for opportunities to learn that you or your profession were wrong.
From the article:
"....contrary to popular view, scientists don’t really care that much about facts. ... Whatever fact you seemed to have uncovered is likely to be revised by the next generation. That’s the difference between science and many other endeavors. Science revels in revision. For science, revision is a victory. ... the joy of science is that it’s about revision."