“Everything you hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything you see is a perspective, not the truth.”– Marcus AureliusPhoto credit: Shawn Clover
Have you ever felt so strongly about something and were convinced though there were other plausible explanations with regards to the particular subject matter, what you felt/thought matters more than anything else?
Can’t speak on the behalf of others but well, I used to feel that way.
Just like how there are always two sides to every argument; the research process involves approaching research material/prior findings with an open mind.
and yes, this receptiveness and open minded approach is the complete opposite of what I have just described.
But wait, before anyone starts going on about how being opinionated is important because it makes your argument more convincing, let me explain myself.
Usually thought of as a belief or judgement that is subjective in nature, opinions are usually derived from personal experiences or encounters.
Question is, are opinions formed on the basis of personal experiences representative the entire population? How would you know if your opinion is more valid as compared to Person B’s?
While differences in opinions are bound to exist, they are not facts or truths.
So what do we do if we have a full blown
argumentdiscussion about a particular topic?
We get real grumpy, agree to disagree (to be polite), race to our computers, type in the subject matter into
Truth is, you’re likely to find material that both contradicts and supports your argument.
When you have got to this stage, CONGRATULATIONS!
Not finding an answer to your question has led you on to Stage 1 of your research process: Identifying significant research problems and questions and examining the feasibility of conducting a study based on prior research.