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    Genome BiologyItai Yanai, Martin Lercher9/3/2012 min
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    • Nicki4 months ago

      For those interested in this topic, I’d recommend reading The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn. It exposes an alternative view of the role of hypotheses. I picked up the book expecting to get a chance to rail at the established scientific paradigms that lead to bias and blindness (similar to this article), but what I got was a better understanding of the different types of scientific inquiry and how they come together to enable wild leaps in scientific progress. It puts articles like these in a different light.

      • bill
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        4 months ago

        👍

    • DellwoodBarker
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      4 months ago

      We become explorers, building a map of the data as we start out in one direction, switching directions at crossroads and stumbling into unanticipated regions.

      💗

    • bill
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      4 months ago

      It is not well appreciated, but the truth is that one never really finishes to analyze a dataset. You just decide to stop and move on at some point, leaving some things undiscovered. Because night science demands a highly creative state, it is not surprising that this process mirrors the situation in the arts as described by the poet Paul Valéry in 1933: “un ouvrage n’est jamais achevé . . . mais abandonné” (“a work is never finished, only abandoned”).

      Poets always know.

    • Raven4 months ago

      Interesting article about discovery and patience.

      • bill
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        4 months ago

        Loved it!

        Funny that you said “and patience” because I wasn’t thinking that but I think you’re right.