Why Are We Obsessed With Research Topics?Is it just me or do some research topics seem to dominate the news? Are we inundated with topics and many of them are of little interest? While some of these research topics will find us fascinated by their subject matter, it is sometimes difficult to resist reading the news reports about these topics because they offer an endless array of other issues.
For example, people are also interested in the research topics on water, fires, power, and the environment. It seems to me that these topics do not really contribute to any kind of advancement in science or engineering. In fact, the research topics on these topics often seem more out of date than current issues.
I'm not referring to political or social issues here, I'm simply talking about research topics that are more of a curiosity rather than an interesting subject matter. People don't generally look to these topics for answers because they're too hard to understand. Most of these research topics are just gone over again, making them harder to understand. This is why I wonder why there seems to be so much interest in research topics.
One thing I've noticed is that there seems to be more of a focus on different researchers producing interesting findings on these research topics rather than the outcomes of their studies. It's like looking at a bunch of tons of tires and noticing that some of them have an interesting design. However, when you go and look at each of the tires you find that all of them are just the same tire.
But when you see a number of tires all with an interesting design, you start to notice that one of the tires has a problem and all the others have a different design. This is the reason why I'm wondering why people are so interested in these research topics.
Is this really something that we should be focusing on? Is there some point to this or are we just looking at research topics as another kind of subject? We see lots of media attention on any celebrity who makes a shocking discovery or a medical breakthrough, but we rarely pay attention to those whose discovery is just one small component of an entire system that solves a problem or opens up a new way of doing things.
So if you're asking yourself, 'Why are we obsessed with research topics?' Here are a few reasons, I think you'll find them enlightening.