The Problem: Sometimes we can believe (as truth) what is written, particularly if it’s academic or published from what is presumed an authoritative source.
The Solution: Subjects are based on what we currently know about them and research is used to ask questions to find the improved answers, to better what we know about the particular field. Peoples understanding and academic knowledge can change based on research. Chances are we don’t need to re-invent the wheel every time, so we can look it up and be resourceful. There are questions to ask if validating research, as sometimes studies get it wrong.
How often have you heard in the media, a new study claims this? Particularly involving medical science.
“Publish or perish” is the mantra, but sometimes research gets it wrong (The Economist article).
Studies are not the source of all truth and can be misleading or inaccurate.
Some studies however have been verified to be the most current and accurate source of information in a particular field.