There is no hope of doing a perfect research (Griffiths, 1998, p 97)
Research is defined as the process through which information about something is searched after another search has already been undertaken. The subsequent searching may relate to an idea, technology, theorem or a concept. Yousaf (1) argues that research is a crucial component of human life and therefore only a perfect research is capable of attaining expected outcome fully upon completion. The modern times have been characterized with intense debate on the existence of perfect research. A perfect research can be regarded as one whose findings are totally non-negotiable (Rahul 1). The main challenge about the assertion of the existence of a perfect research is on the fact that humans are imperfect naturally. Therefore, how can imperfect humans conduct a perfect research? The imperfect nature of human beings supports Griffiths’ argument that there is no hope for doing perfect research.
Researchers have attempted to convince people that their research is perfect and therefore no need to question the validity of the findings. Nevertheless, the fact that human beings are different in diverse ways makes it impossible for two researchers to obtain similar conclusion on a subject of research. In fact, Hugh Johnson’s famous quote, “No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden’’ (Thomas 115), rightfully describes the lack of similarity among humans. There is therefore a variation of ideas and opinions among human beings in that a conclusion by one researcher would attract varied reactions from other researchers.
The modern day research contexts accept trial and error as a valid procedure of conducting research. This procedure is susceptible to numerous inaccuracies and errors that automatically remove the aspect of perfect research. Often, two stages are involved in research process: preliminary and conclusive research. Preliminary stage involves the collection of raw data from the field while the conclusive stage involves analysis of the data collected to come up with findings and conclusions (Rahul 1). The concerted efforts by man to undertake extensive research on myriad aspects of life have led to massive improvements of living standards for living and non-living things. Nevertheless, the research undertaken by man has not been devoid of imperfections and numerous questions about the validity of the findings. Surprisingly, researchers arrive at differing results even when undertaking a similar research.
The process of research is reflective of various inaccuracies and errors associated with human beings. Normally, humans commit errors for such reasons as personal biasness, deliberate and unknown omissions as well as negligence. All these actions bring about imperfect research findings. Consequently, other researchers undertake research related to the existing research. However, similar errors and mistakes cloud such researchers once more (Yousaf 1). The outcome is yet another imperfect research. The continuous desire to improve on the existing research and the persistent human failures and mistakes creates a chain of imperfect research. It brings about a sense of hopelessness in attaining a perfect research.
Examples of research done in the past clearly demonstrate the fact that perfect research does not exist. For instance, the University of Michigan undertook a research determining the effect of Cranberry juice on the infections of the urinary tract. The research concluded that cranberry juice did not have any health effects on urinary infections. However, a previous research had indicated that cranberry juice actually reduced urinary infections in the tract (Kumar 1). In another research by the National Institute of Health of the US investigating the effect of lower calorie intake on ageing process concluded that lower calorie intake slowed ageing. Interestingly, contradictions arose in a later research on the effect of lower calorie intake and slowed ageing. The research argued that calorie intake was dependent on factors such as environmental conditions, food consumed as well as type of exercise done (Kumar 1).
From the foregoing, it is clearly evident that “there is no hope for a perfect research” (Rahul 1). The aim of researchers is to make improvements on the existing research. In the process, the researchers end up making similar mistakes and errors as the researchers before them. Human beings are naturally imperfect. Therefore, there is no possibility that imperfect human beings can undertake a perfect research. Furthermore, human beings are so different making it impossible to have similar conclusion about a subject matter of research.
 
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Rahul, Rajalakshmi. No Hope of Doing Perfect Research. October 29, 2010. Retrieved on Thursday, July18, 2013 from http://www.projectguru.in/publications/no-hope-of-doing-perfect-research/.
 
 
 
 

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