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Although not the explicit goal, the best science can really be seen as refining ignorance.

In this sentence, is "not the explicit goal" indicating "the best science" ?

I think something has been omitted between "although" and "not the explicit goal"

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fire1In this sentence, is "not the explicit goal" indicating "the best science" ?

Not really.

Although (refining ignorance is) not the explicit goal, the best science can really be seen as refining ignorance.

CJ