Good research requires self belief tempered with self doubtBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6225 (Published 31 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6225
- Martin A Yuille, reader in biobanking and codirector
- Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research (CIGMR), Stopford Building, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
The cautionary tale about Hans Eysenck is as much about hubris as hypothesis.1 Hypothesis based research is widely thought to be superior to the “fishing expeditions” of hypothesis-free research. But neither is better than the other.
The problem with hypothesis based research is that the originator of …