Firestein: There is a lot of antiscientific thinking rampant in our population. Many refuse to believe scientists even when you provide data and numbers. How do you think this subset would react if you tell them ignorance is good for scientists? Wouldn't this further affirm their notion that scientific thinking is "subjective"?
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This is a very good point Neil. I think that many people are wary of scientists would look negatively at this notion that ignorance is good for scientists. They would point at revisions and breakthroughs in science as proof that their prior models were not correct and that as a result no scientific conclusions can be trusted.