I recently commented on a blog, asking the author if he had any research behind his opinions. Here’s his response:
No, it's not a hypothesis, this isn't a classroom, I'm not an academian, and I don't do research. I blog about my experience in the real world; that's really all I'm even marginally qualified to discuss. If it rings true, try it. If not, don't. Some companies even pay me for it. Go figure.
What do you think of his answer? Let me ask you a few other quick questions:
- How much time, money, effort… do you spend trying other peoples’ ideas in an attempt to improve your situation (i.e., conducting your own "experiments")?
- How do you know their ideas will work for you?
- Is there a way to increase the probability that all your time, money, and effort trying new ideas will result in success?
- If so, how?
- In 100 years, you’re probably going to be dead. Since you’re going to be dead for a very long time, how many grains of sand (i.e., precious minutes of your life) should you let slip through your hourglass because your tried ideas without any evidence to predict success?
- Is it my ethical obligation as an educator to teach ideas that research predicts will work, thus honoring your grains of time?
Here are my answers:
- For most people, organizations, and governments… A LOT.
- Most of the time, you don’t.
- Yes, but the approach only increases the probability you get results. There’s no guarantee.
- Try only those ideas that have some science to back them. The essence of science/research is prediction. And aren’t you really predicting things will get better as a result of trying something?
- For me, yes.
Be eXtraordinary as you pursue what is true,
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