The importance of stupidity in science

Martin A. Schwartz

Department of Microbiology, UVA Health System, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA
The importance of stupidity in scientific research -- Schwartz 121 (11): 1771 -- Journal of Cell Science

Finally they are getting on my level!

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sounds much like my time at university:

The point of the exam isn't to see if the student gets all the answers right. If they do, it's the faculty who failed the exam. The point is to identify the student's weaknesses, partly to see where they need to invest some effort and partly to see whether the student's knowledge fails at a sufficiently high level that they are ready to take on a research project.

I enjoyed my college where everyone failed the exams, but thanks to the curve some passed anyways. (Jim Greenlee's cs2130 class especially) It is absolutely true and humbling, "The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions." Thomas Henry Huxley

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