I greatly enjoyed watching this chat with Stuart Firestein, professor of Columbia University who teaches not only the Introduction to Neuroscience but also a course called "Ignorance: What We Don't Know." I learned that the course is based on the idea that ignorance is not the opposite of knowledge, but rather a necessary part of the scientific process.
One thing I find to be interesting is how Firestein explores how scientists approach uncertainty and ignorance, and how they use these concepts to guide their research, by inviting different scientists to class and just discuss what they do not/yet to find out to students. Students learn about the ways in which scientists use uncertainty and prediction to guide their research, and how they grapple with the limitations of their knowledge and understanding.
If I were the interviewer, I would like to ask the followings questions:
In your course on ignorance, you emphasize the importance of embracing and learning from uncertainty. How can individuals in other fields or industries apply this mindset to their own work?
How can individuals cultivate a willingness to embrace uncertainty, and what are some strategies for dealing with the discomfort and anxiety that uncertainty can sometimes cause?