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By "Cosmic Habituation"
ryesteve
5/4/2011
3:48:34 PM
Have you ever developed a UDM that looked great at first, but eventually, the results ended up in the toilet? I suspect that's happened to all of us more times than not. What I didn't realize is, we're not alone. I listened to a terrific podcast today, and learned that research scientists experience this phenomenon with alarming regularity. So much so, that I also found a New Yorker article about this with the subtitle, "Is there something wrong with the scientific method?".

I don't think there's anything here that'll help your UDMs, but these are a fascinating listen and read. At the very least, you'll realize that we're not alone in this frustration.

podcast link: http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2011/may/03/cosmic-habituation/

New Yorker article: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer

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