by Matthew Cobb
Jerry is back in Chicago, but I thought I’d just slip this in before he gets back in harness later on today. This popped up on Twitter (@edyong209 and @alicebell). It’s a video by 25 year old PhD student Zara (@zanyzaz) who went round her department in Glasgow asking colleagues a set of questions that popped on the UK competition “I’m a scientist get me out of here“, “an award-winning science enrichment and engagement activity, funded by the Wellcome Trust. It’s an X Factor-style competition for scientists, where students are the judges.”
Anyway, Zara took her phone/video camera round the department and asked a load of questions. See how many you can answer. The overwhelming response was the fantastic one that tells us a lot about the epistemology of science: “I don’t know”. After all – science isn’t about knowing stuff, it’s about finding it out, and how you do that. Which kind of chimes with PZ’s recent letter to a 9 year-old.
(I could have done without the music, Zara!)