Sam Arbesman In The Atlantic: Changing Facts Bring Us Closer To The Truth
Continuing to search for new ideas, even when we believe we already have the answer, is extremely important, Arbesman says. To have a "true picture and understanding of the field," he says we need to focus on what he calls "the long tail of discovery." Even though new discoveries in a well-matured field of study may not be "earth-shattering," he says that they "ensure that we have an unbiased depiction of the world, and see our surroundings in all of its rich variety and complexity." In his talks, Arbesman advocates the importance of never viewing your education as a "done deal." Instead, he says that we should use the knowledge we have as tools for expanding our minds, and make learning new things about the world that we live in a lifelong process.