Is stupidity important in scientific research?

Just got sent this article which came out in 2008 but I do not remember seeing previously: The importance of stupidity in scientific research.  The title seems a bit trite and in some ways the article is.  But it has a resonance with many people and I thought I would at least post the link here.  Some comments about it I found on the web include:

I can see why it resonates with people even though I am not sure I personally agree with the sentiments.  It is definitely worth a read.
Hat top to Melanie Melendrez for pointing it out.  

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

One thought on “Is stupidity important in scientific research?”

  1. love it. This captures a lot of my emotions during grad school. Realizing that what I was doing did not have an answer key, that was a game changer for me.

    (sorry if it's a double post. Can't tell if the comment was eaten, or it's just slow to appear)

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