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I'm a molecular biophysicist in a biochemistry department. In a college of medicine. And I'm funded by the NSF. Not too sure my dean likes that... I'm here to blather on about things that interest me and to raise the average age of the bloggers here by at least 1.2567 years. And I'm Australian.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

We put so much effort into crafting our hypotheses. Carefully collecting our data. Collating. Analyzing.

Considering. Pondering. Thinking.

For hours. Days. Weeks. Months.

Even years.

Finally sculpting.




Behold you unwashed masses! We present to you a thing of great beauty and wonder-

A new hypothesis!


Bow down and worship it's awesomeness!!!






Is it any wonder that some scientists have such a hard time discarding their pet hypotheses? Or refuse to discard them at all, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that they are wrong?

I'd be willing to bet we all know someone like that.

Understandable.





But not excusable.

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Brian Krueger, PhD
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Line breaks are put in for you automatically between paragraphs. If you're using HTML, be sure there are no carriage returns in your post, otherwise you'll get double the spacing :)

Odyssey
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I was after the double spacing-like effect. :-)

Gerty-Z
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Bravo! Hypotheses are meant to be disproven, even if they are pretty.

Dr. O
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I live in the lab by the belief that I should be doing experiments to disprove my hypotheses, not prove them.

Bob O'H
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But remember, a pet hypothesis is for life, not just for Christmas.
Prof-like Substance

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Dude, don't you know that it is sooooo much easier to come up with the hypothesis after you have your data?


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GUEST COMMENT said:
Dude, don't you know that it is sooooo much easier to come up with the hypothesis after you have your data?



Shhhh! You're giving away my secret!

Professor in Training
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Hypothesis? Isn't that something you write to appease grant and manuscript reviewers?

biochem belle
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This post might just be printed and left in a conspicuous place for a particular PI to find after I depart the lab. (Probably not, but I do like to fantasize.)

Of course, if you're doing "discovery-driven" research (e.g. anythingomics), you don't really need this so-called hypothesis.

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Dr. O said:
One of the strongest memories/impressions from a conference I have is Sir Alan Fersht standing before a room of hundreds of scientists saying the way he was trained is that you developed a hypothesis and set out to falsify your hypothesis... and that it didn't mean your hypothesis was true just because you couldn't disprove it. He also made a comment along the lines that this isn't how most science is done today. It was definitely ranty and totally awesome. So awesome that I included his point when I presented my conference report to my lab (not the lab referred to in the above comment, unfortunately).
Cole Parmer

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Haha the comment above is funny! Research before hypothesis!

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