In 150 words answer the following questions relating to “Happy Accidents” in Science
- What examples of learning by “happy accident” have you experienced in your own life?
- What do you think it means for a person (especially a scientist) to have a “prepared mind,” as Pasteur describes?
- How can a person prepare his or her mind to be open to chance within any particular discipline? What roles might education, job experience, and life experience play in creating a prepared mind?
- What about science makes it particularly good at allowing people to analyze their accidents?
- What are some risks associated with research that involves chance? [Hint: Use your Reading this week and consider the risks associated with stem cell research, cloning, gene therapy, HIV.] Are there circumstances when research should not be conducted due to risks or are there ways to reduce risk?