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Research, Inspirations for

Although scientists and scholars adopt many different methods for conducting research, one common thread that can be found in each of their philosophies and practices is that the genesis of science lies in an observation: some observed, hypothesized, or archived acknowledgement that (a) something has happened in the environment and (b) that happening can be understood by a curious observer. Notably, while a protracted discussion as to the nature of “knowing” is beyond the scope of this entry, one can understand the process of observing as the fundamental aspect of how one is inspired to conduct research.

Inspirations for scientific research come from our individual and collective lived experiences—that is, from the observations that we make in the environments in which we live. Of course, it ...

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