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(Do not) Beat ideas half to death

17 Feb

This is short post/note to self – to see if the way I think about science today will change in couple of years. Its enigmatic title comes from Stu Jenks, one of my favourite photographers. He wrote in the introduction to his works:

I’ve been doing a series of spirals. You know how it is with us artists. We take one idea, and then beat it half to death.

If we substitute “artists” with “scientists” it still sounds true. This is efficient (in modern terms of scientific productivity) way of doing research, but probably not always the best one. While I know that many breakthrough discoveries in science were results of years of hard work, not all of them required fifteen years to establish a procedure only. So, the question is if rapid switching between fields (every few years or so) is a good idea? It probably depends. Ask me in a few years how it works in my case.

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2 responses to “(Do not) Beat ideas half to death

  1. rpg

    February 17, 2009 at 10:02

    Interesting—I never considered my own career that way, but it’s what I’ve done.

     
  2. Marco Crupi

    February 17, 2009 at 10:37

    Hello I really like your blog, I would like a link exchange with you, I insert your blog to my favorite blogs 😉

    the address of my blog is: http://marcocrupifoto.blogspot.com/

    My blog deal of the art of photography.

    ( photo technique, post production, photo retouching, Reportage, how-to and articles )

     
 
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