There is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research (Griffiths, 1998, P97). Do You Agree?

Yes I agree because….

     If research were to be perfect, the word research would have been extinct by now. After discovering Abacus had we believed that our research was perfect do you think the Computer would have been invented? Had we stopped with the Candle we would not have the Electricity. Try applying this rule to everything that you see and feel. Don’t you wonder that if research were to be perfect, then would there be any ongoing research?

     Research – The word in itself is a bit intriguing. It  can  mean  that  are  we searching  for  something  that  was  lost  or  it  could  also  mean  that  we  are searching  again  what  we  have  so  that  something  can  be  uncovered.

     Now if  we  go  with  the  first  definition  that  we  are  searching  for  something  that has  been  lost, two  situations  can  arise. Are you sure that something has been lost and you are trying to find it or by researching you would loose what you already have. For example Pager has been lost to the research of Mobile.

     Coming to the second definition that you are going to discover something new, are you sure that this has not been discovered before and forfeited by our ancestors? For instance you may discover that a certain plant has specific medicinal properties. It might happen that our ancestors have seen the side effects of the medicine in the long run and hence stopped using it. If we start using it as a medicine our next generation might see the side effects and defy the medicinal values of that plant.

     Hence research is a continuous process and the outcomes are not predictable many a time.  It generally involves laborious hours and lot of money. In spite of that there is no hope of doing perfect research because statistics can vary depending upon the data sample you have at the time of doing research. Two people in different parts of the world can claim completely opposite results of a topic because of the varying test data or differing environment they have.

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7 Responses to “There is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research (Griffiths, 1998, P97). Do You Agree?”
  1. Simple Ray Says...

    On May 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Very good points. Absolute knowledge and research aren’t ever perfect because we are constantly learning more. There are so many things that we couldn’t even begin to imagine, how are we supposed to know when we are done learning?


  2. johnnyjenny29@yahoo.com Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    An extensive analysis led me into one conclusion which is there is a hope in doing a perfect research. Yes, I disagree in the issue written in above title. First, we need to define the term research. This is simply a search for knowledge, or shall we say, a way of discovering or developing something or a method that will lead to the advanced world. Research has a very wide extent that it includes science, arts, and even history. From the meaning of itself, for the advancement of human knowledge, it implies that there is actually a future or we may say a hope in doing a research, much more if that research is perfect. Second, we need to answer if there is actually a perfect research? Many people wrote about this matter and they only led into one answer which is there are no perfect research in this world. Some say that if there is, then a mobile from a simple pager, a computer from a typewriter as long as a calculator from a mere complicated abacus will not exist. Or in other hand, many say that if there is, then the medicine that we have now couldn’t have been so helpful to us because at first place, our medicines long time ago were being thought as perfect ones, and so our scientists would stop searching for better medicines that will cure our imperfections. There are reasons why they are saying these and one
    of those is the need of our systems to innovate. As what Baregheh et al. (2009) defined innovation as:
    “Innovation is the multi-stage process whereby organizations transform ideas into new/improved products, service or processes, in order to advance, compete and differentiate themselves successfully in their marketplace.”
    This only means that innovation is a part of advancement of human knowledge and thus caused by wide research. Why do we need to innovate? It is simply because of the word satisfaction. It is because human tends not to be satisfied on the things around him. He thinks that an object is not perfect so he needs to change it or improvise it and if he is still not satisfied with it, he will give much time to search and search until he is satisfied with his work. Being not contented is a human nature. This only implies that the imperfection of the invention or discovery is not the reason why people tend to improvise it more, but because of continues wants of not contented humans. So, it happens that people think that their researches or discoveries are not perfect. Our systems now are just because of the systems from the past. We must consider these two views: (1) those inventions at the past are perfect in terms that we actually used them and benefited from them for so many decades; (2) those inventions are not perfect because it doesn’t actually fulfill all the satisfaction of humans. Yes, the perfection of invention or research is not the matter, but the endless hoping for satisfaction.
    I would like to give focus on the first view written above. Who says that there is no perfect research? Research can be categorized into two: the theoretical and the output. Innovation and invention are just parts of output research same as discoveries as part of theoretical. Why do we have to focus in output to defend this issue wherein there are theoretical discoveries which
    can give us perfect examples of perfect research and discoveries? All of us know what constant values are. These constant values are still useful now, and never be the other inventions or discoveries will be much useful as this. Can someone say that the value of the Greek pi which is 3.14159265… is not perfect and needs to be improvised? Who can tell that 299,792,458 metres per second of speed of light will be changed its value or will never be used again because of other new discoveries to come? Does the standard gravity, which is precisely 9.80665 m /s2 will never be used again to define the standard weight of an object? You will agree that these values are also parts of research and discoveries and not just an ordinary research but perfect ones. They are very helpful in establishments, in creating cities, in developing a society, thus in building the hope for a better future.


  3. johnnyjenny29@yahoo.com Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    An extensive analysis led me into one conclusion which is there is a hope in doing a perfect research. Yes, I disagree in the issue written in above title. First, we need to define the term research. This is simply a search for knowledge, or shall we say, a way of discovering or developing something or a method that will lead to the advanced world. Research has a very wide extent that it includes science, arts, and even history. From the meaning of itself, for the advancement of human knowledge, it implies that there is actually a future or we may say a hope in doing a research, much more if that research is perfect. Second, we need to answer if there is actually a perfect research? Many people wrote about this matter and they only led into one answer which is there are no perfect research in this world. Some say that if there is, then a mobile from a simple pager, a computer from a typewriter as long as a calculator from a mere complicated abacus will not exist. Or in other hand, many say that if there is, then the medicine that we have now couldn’t have been so helpful to us because at first place, our medicines long time ago were being thought as perfect ones, and so our scientists would stop searching for better medicines that will cure our imperfections. There are reasons why they are saying these and one
    of those is the need of our systems to innovate. As what Baregheh et al. (2009) defined innovation as:
    “Innovation is the multi-stage process whereby organizations transform ideas into new/improved products, service or processes, in order to advance, compete and differentiate themselves successfully in their marketplace.”
    This only means that innovation is a part of advancement of human knowledge and thus caused by wide research. Why do we need to innovate? It is simply because of the word satisfaction. It is because human tends not to be satisfied on the things around him. He thinks that an object is not perfect so he needs to change it or improvise it and if he is still not satisfied with it, he will give much time to search and search until he is satisfied with his work. Being not contented is a human nature. This only implies that the imperfection of the invention or discovery is not the reason why people tend to improvise it more, but because of continues wants of not contented humans. So, it happens that people think that their researches or discoveries are not perfect. Our systems now are just because of the systems from the past. We must consider these two views: (1) those inventions at the past are perfect in terms that we actually used them and benefited from them for so many decades; (2) those inventions are not perfect because it doesn’t actually fulfill all the satisfaction of humans. Yes, the perfection of invention or research is not the matter, but the endless hoping for satisfaction.
    I would like to give focus on the first view written above. Who says that there is no perfect research? Research can be categorized into two: the theoretical and the output. Innovation and invention are just parts of output research same as discoveries as part of theoretical. Why do we have to focus in output to defend this issue wherein there are theoretical discoveries which can give us perfect examples of perfect research and discoveries? All of us know what constant values are. These constant values are still useful now, and never be the other inventions or discoveries will be much useful as this. Can someone say that the value of the Greek pi which is 3.14159265… is not perfect and needs to be improvised? Who can tell that 299,792,458 metres per second of speed of light will be changed its value or will never be used again because of other new discoveries to come? Does the standard gravity, which is precisely 9.80665 m /s2 will never be used again to define the standard weight of an object? You will agree that these values are also parts of research and discoveries and not just an ordinary research but perfect ones. They are very helpful in establishments, in creating cities, in developing a society, thus in building the hope for a better future.


  4. arah_shell12@yahoo.com Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    An extensive analysis led me into one conclusion which is there is a hope in doing a perfect research. Yes, I disagree in the issue written in above title. First, we need to define the term research. This is simply a search for knowledge, or shall we say, a way of discovering or developing something or a method that will lead to the advanced world. Research has a very wide extent that it includes science, arts, and even history. From the meaning of itself, for the advancement of human knowledge, it implies that there is actually a future or we may say a hope in doing a research, much more if that research is perfect. Second, we need to answer if there is actually a perfect research? Many people wrote about this matter and they only led into one answer which is there are no perfect research in this world. Some say that if there is, then a mobile from a simple pager, a computer from a typewriter as long as a calculator from a mere complicated abacus will not exist. Or in other hand, many say that if there is, then the medicine that we have now couldn’t have been so helpful to us because at first place, our medicines long time ago were being thought as perfect ones, and so our scientists would stop searching for better medicines that will cure our imperfections. There are reasons why they are saying these and one
    of those is the need of our systems to innovate. As what Baregheh et al. (2009) defined innovation as:
    \”Innovation is the multi-stage process whereby organizations transform ideas into new/improved products, service or processes, in order to advance, compete and differentiate themselves successfully in their marketplace.\”
    This only means that innovation is a part of advancement of human knowledge and thus caused by wide research. Why do we need to innovate? It is simply because of the word satisfaction. It is because human tends not to be satisfied on the things around him. He thinks that an object is not perfect so he needs to change it or improvise it and if he is still not satisfied with it, he will give much time to search and search until he is satisfied with his work. Being not contented is a human nature. This only implies that the imperfection of the invention or discovery is not the reason why people tend to improvise it more, but because of continues wants of not contented humans. So, it happens that people think that their researches or discoveries are not perfect. Our systems now are just because of the systems from the past. We must consider these two views: (1) those inventions at the past are perfect in terms that we actually used them and benefited from them for so many decades; (2) those inventions are not perfect because it doesn’t actually fulfill all the satisfaction of humans. Yes, the perfection of invention or research is not the matter, but the endless hoping for satisfaction.
    I would like to give focus on the first view written above. Who says that there is no perfect research? Research can be categorized into two: the theoretical and the output. Innovation and invention are just parts of output research same as discoveries as part of theoretical. Why do we have to focus in output to defend this issue wherein there are theoretical discoveries which can give us perfect examples of perfect research and discoveries? All of us know what constant values are. These constant values are still useful now, and never be the other inventions or discoveries will be much useful as this. Can someone say that the value of the Greek pi which is 3.14159265… is not perfect and needs to be improvised? Who can tell that 299,792,458 metres per second of speed of light will be changed its value or will never be used again because of other new discoveries to come? Does the standard gravity, which is precisely 9.80665 m /s2 will never be used again to define the standard weight of an object? You will agree that these values are also parts of research and discoveries and not just an ordinary research but perfect ones. They are very helpful in establishments, in creating cities, in developing a society, thus in building the hope for a better future.


  5. sandra Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    An extensive analysis led me into one conclusion which is there is a hope in doing a perfect research. Yes, I disagree in the issue written in above title. First, we need to define the term research. This is simply a search for knowledge, or shall we say, a way of discovering or developing something or a method that will lead to the advanced world. Research has a very wide extent that it includes science, arts, and even history. From the meaning of itself, for the advancement of human knowledge, it implies that there is actually a future or we may say a hope in doing a research, much more if that research is perfect. Second, we need to answer if there is actually a perfect research? Many people wrote about this matter and they only led into one answer which is there are no perfect research in this world. Some say that if there is, then a mobile from a simple pager, a computer from a typewriter as long as a calculator from a mere complicated abacus will not exist. Or in other hand, many say that if there is, then the medicine that we have now couldn’t have been so helpful to us because at first place, our medicines long time ago were being thought as perfect ones, and so our scientists would stop searching for better medicines that will cure our imperfections. There are reasons why they are saying these and one
    of those is the need of our systems to innovate. As what Baregheh et al. (2009) defined innovation as:
    Innovation is the multi-stage process whereby organizations transform ideas into new/improved products, service or processes, in order to advance, compete and differentiate themselves successfully in their marketplace.
    This only means that innovation is a part of advancement of human knowledge and thus caused by wide research. Why do we need to innovate? It is simply because of the word satisfaction. It is because human tends not to be satisfied on the things around him. He thinks that an object is not perfect so he needs to change it or improvise it and if he is still not satisfied with it, he will give much time to search and search until he is satisfied with his work. Being not contented is a human nature. This only implies that the imperfection of the invention or discovery is not the reason why people tend to improvise it more, but because of continues wants of not contented humans. So, it happens that people think that their researches or discoveries are not perfect. Our systems now are just because of the systems from the past. We must consider these two views: (1) those inventions at the past are perfect in terms that we actually used them and benefited from them for so many decades; (2) those inventions are not perfect because it doesn’t actually fulfill all the satisfaction of humans. Yes, the perfection of invention or research is not the matter, but the endless hoping for satisfaction.
    I would like to give focus on the first view written above. Who says that there is no perfect research? Research can be categorized into two: the theoretical and the output. Innovation and invention are just parts of output research same as discoveries as part of theoretical. Why do we have to focus in output to defend this issue wherein there are theoretical discoveries which can give us perfect examples of perfect research and discoveries? All of us know what constant values are. These constant values are still useful now, and never be the other inventions or discoveries will be much useful as this. Can someone say that the value of the Greek pi which is 3.14159265… is not perfect and needs to be improvised? Who can tell that 299,792,458 meters per second of speed of light will be changed its value or will never be used again because of other new discoveries to come? Does the standard gravity, which is precisely 9.80665 m /s2 will never be used again to define the standard weight of an object? You will agree that these values are also parts of research and discoveries and not just an ordinary research but perfect ones. They are very helpful in establishments, in creating cities, in developing a society, thus in building the hope for a better future.


  6. amjid Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    i am an Anthropologist, doing community development job in Pakistan, i am really exited to knew it, that there is no hope dond perfect research, as it appeared from 12 years experience as empirical research that once you engage with some type of research, you have to do it on continuous basis, then you can reach some type of perfection, though complete perfection is not possible. research only opens up the evenues for more research and it is acontinues process.


  7. Joshwa Victor Anangwe Says...

    On March 9, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Yes i agree with Griffiths that there is no hope of doing perfect research. This is because, a perfect research simply means that that is the most satisfying and there is no need at any time to make any improved inventions on the same.
    I believe any product or service has a chance of getting improved again to make it more efficient. Imagine if there could have been no more research in the field of astronomy, transportation, communication e.t.d
    A perfect research in simple words means 100% credible, which i believe its not easy to conduct that kind of reasearch that can last for centuries with the need of inventing an improved version of the same.


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