Here is a nice quote from Albert Einstein. He never shyed away from questioning conventional wisdom…
“Never memorise something that you can look up.”
Well I wish that quote had been read by my teachers and examiners! It would have saved a whole lot of grief and created much more time for extra-curricular activities….
There is plenty of scope within microbiology, particularly bacteriology, for memorising useless facts. I have tried hard not to stray down this path.