Building on the discoveries of others is very much more productive than reinventing the wheel

Building on the discoveries of others is very much more productive than reinventing the wheel

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Building on the discoveries of others is very much more productive than  reinventing the wheel. In general reading time will pay off more than  “doing” time. Use reading time to get wisdom and to spark ideas. Use  “doing” time to clearly prove that you were right or wrong.  Strike a balance between following the existing paradigm with tried and  true procedures and tried and true conceptualizations, and breaking new  ground with new conceptual approaches. Old ground is safe but boring. 
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Unformatted text preview: New ground is exciting but risky. The problem is similar to building a productive stock portfolio. Keep in mind that, if other researchers are to use your data and interpretations when they build their theories (i.e., your reinforcer), then they must trust you implicitly. If your data was in error or you were not correct in your inference, then their theory will fail (i.e., their nightmare). This includes consistency and care with details....
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