Have you ever considered that word, “research?”
Yeah, intriguing, isn’t it?
Re, meaning to do over again, and search, meaning to look for something.
The term assumes we had come to a conclusion, which is what we humans do, and now we are checking to see if we were right, if we missed anything, if there is more to the situation.
Research is …
Research is a physical manifestation of curiosity. But more importantly, research is a healthy attitude.
Engaging in research is saying, “Yes, we know some things, but we should never assume we know everything.”
And maybe more importantly, it is saying that we should not assume we know everything … especially when that is exactly how we feel.
Occam’s Razor, or the law of parsimony, states that “when presented with competing hypothetical answers to a problem, one should select the answer that makes the fewest assumptions.” It’s referred to as a razor because one uses it to cut away the more elaborate hypotheses to get to the basics.
It’s often used as a starting point for finding hypotheses to prove or disprove in research, and it works well.
The point of research is to dispel assumptions and seek proofs.
And the trouble with Occam’s Razor is that we sometimes assume that because we’ve chosen the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions, we have in fact removed all doubt.
Those who proceed confidently to tell the world that a point is a point and do not say it in the form of a question are not doing themselves or the world any favors.
But those who continue to leave room for questions are the ones who are exhausting all possibilities.
The ones finding the truth, are the ones for whom the truth is the starting point for the next question. We, people who want answers, must pay attention, because often, the answers we seek are the stipulations in the researchers next experiment to answer the next question they have been drawn into asking.
Why am I telling everyone about this in a post on a blog about ADHD? Because I want to espouse an opinion. And because I want to draw your attention to some research.
Kelly’s Razor is what I use to cut away the garbage in the world and it works this way. If the postulation isn’t being accompanied by open and obvious further questions, it is chaff, a red herring, the posturing and postulations of a shyster.
And I further suggest that the next time you see some ad or read some article that suggests someone has “discovered” what ADHD is and how to “fix” it, look to see if they are asking more questions, see if they are pursuing further research. Because if they are not, then all they have found is a way to sell people an unproven concept couched in hard-sell language so they can cash in on it.
And the research?
Olivia Winkworth is conducting some research for the University of Wollongong, Australia that requires participants with ADHD. The study is about ADHD and OCD, though you need to have just one diagnosis or the other to participate. It has been approved by the university’s ethics board, and participation is entirely voluntary.
If you are interested, please follow this link. And feel free to pass this on to others if you think they might be able to help.