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How Scientific Breakthroughs Work

I have a good friend and colleague who is a very accomplished engineering leader. During lunch yesterday, he told me a story about how he solved what at first seemed to be an extraordinarily challenging problem.

All scientific breakthroughs occur when commonly held beliefs are set aside, and when the available data is examined with fresh eyes and a willing heart.

My friend tried to alert others to this inconsistency, but Cause A had gained so much traction that his voice was lost in the cacophony. Instead of giving up, my friend, the leader of a large organization, decided to personally dig deeper into the data. He downloaded so much data onto his laptop that it almost filled the hard disk. He then started poring over this data, line by line, trying to make sense of it.

An engineer-psychologist focused on machine intelligence. I write from my own experience to support others in living more fulfilling lives | duncanriach.com

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