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December 12th, 2005
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Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups

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From:emperor
Date:December 12th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I think when doing science, you have to say "This is how I've analysed this data, and so I think [something]"; it's unambiguous. The problem with approaching things the way you describe is you're not having the right conversation.

I don't find science as aggressive as you describe, although it can be (because some academics love to belittle others). If I present some work and say "I think this.", then people may say "ah, but have you considered [this other thing]?", and we can talk about that, and I can refine my theory, or maybe say "Yes, and it's wrong because".

The downside is this means you have to be prepared to nail your colours to the mast, knowing that you might be wrong. It's a risky process, being honest in this manner, and is hard if your supervisor isn't someone you can trust; trust to be honest back, but not destructive if you're mistaken.

Err, I'm waffling, sorry.
From:cjp39
Date:December 12th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Another downside is the entanglement of ego with idea, which all too easily leads to lifelong antagonism between otherwise intelligent and smart researchers, with a corresponding detriment to the research, because someone attacked the ideas, but the person felt under attack.
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