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January 11, 2005
Right In Front of You
Regular reader Qetzal pointed out in a comment to the "More Fun With DNA" post that a lot of neat discoveries seem - after you've heard about them - to be something that you could have thought up yourself. I know what he means. I've had that same "Yeah. . .that would work, wouldn't it. . ." feeling several times.
There's an even higher degree of the same thing, thinking that surely that new discovery has already been done. Hasn't it? Didn't I read that somewhere a year or so ago? I'm trying to remember the British literary/political figure who said it, but the quote was that the most important thing he had learned at Cambridge was not to be afraid of the obvious. I think that a lot of us are, and it's not to our benefit.
So there's a useful New Year's resolution, if anyone has room for a spare one. Shut that voice up once in a while, the one that shows up in your head when you have a wild idea, the one that says that if this were really as good as it sounds, someone would already have done it. A lot of really great stuff hasn't been done, and if too many people listen to the lesser side of their natures, it won't be.
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