An Ode to Stupidity in Science

I’ve been trying to make a research-deadline this month, and keep coming up with new and innovative ways that the data collection itself is flawed. It’s frustrating, and time consuming, and sometimes I even feel stupid.

But you know what? Feeling stupid is the core of science. When you’re researching something truly unknown, no one has the answers. No one even knows for sure that the question is interesting. And as you try to uncover an answer, try to pull enough data to make a shape for the unknown, you realize that if you could start all over again you’d design the experiment entirely differently.

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