According to Griffiths there is no hope of doing perfect research (1998, 97). A normal human being loves growth, development, progress etc. and is incessantly looking for a way to attain to certain heights. This is exactly what I call "a practical or basic/fundamental research". Any type of scientific research has its roots in this practical research. This means that research plays a fundamental role in our growth. If "research" is part of man, does it mean that one can reach perfection in research? In other words, is there anything called perfect research?
Introduction: The word "research" sounds so common today that we take its deeper meaning for granted. Research unleashes its endless wealth primarily in its meaning: "a systematic investigation and study in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions" ("Research", The Oxford Popular English Dictionary, 1990, 695). A normal human being loves growth, development, progress etc. and is incessantly looking for a way to attain to certain heights. This is exactly what I call "a practical or basic/fundamental research". Any type of scientific research has its roots in this practical research. This means that research plays a fundamental role in our growth.
Now when that thirst of man is transposed to a scientific field it takes the name of research in a technic way. According to Griffiths there is no hope of doing perfect research (1998, 97). If "research" is part of man, does it mean that one can reach perfection in research? In other words, is there anything called perfect research? In answering this we will, foremost, see the etymology of the term "research" and discuss its perfection. After the etymology, the discussion will have two main points of research will be treated as well as perfection in research in a positive and in a negative way with detailed reference to at least two examples of research done. Then we will draw the conclusions.
1. The Etymology of "Research": The Ancient world (Greek, Ancient Near East, Roman empire) transmitted its wealth of research in different aspects of life. From a historical perspective, man has always thirsted for growth which has been the secret of his growth, development, progress etc. and is incessantly looking for a way to attain to certain heights. A look at the Greek and Hebrew version of the term will give a deeper insight.
1.1 Greek Connotation: The Greek word for research is ζήτησις which is an action noun that comes from the verb ζητέω. The verb denotes to seek, seek for, to enquire for, to search after, to search or inquire into, investigate, examine, to seek after, desire, to seek to do, feel the want of, etc. ("ζητέω" Greek-English Lexicon). This rich package of meaning gives us a better graphic of what research is. The extractable aspects are: the act of seeking, wanting a deeper knowledge of something, the great desire to find that which is sought, thorough investigation done with perseverance, consciousness and intelligence. This type of seeking requires perseverance characterized by a conscious and intelligent scrutiny.
1.2 Hebrew Connotation: Research could be depicted in Hebrew withבקש , דרש, חקר (seek, request, explore, examine, test). These verbal roots, present in ancient Semitic languages like Ugaritic, Aramaic, Syriac, Hebrew, Arabic, Ethiopic, etc. depicts, besides the activity of seeking, a passionate, determined and unstoppable search until one finds the object of his desire and interest. It involves investigating, inquiring and striving for something one is concerned about. These synonyms can stand for a purely cognitive and analytical examination and testing ("בקש", "דרש", "חקר" Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament).
Now it is obvious that we can't do without research. Though it is true that sometimes after searching ...
There is no hope of doing perfect research, for there will always be room for all men of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Better security, health, knowledge, technology, economy etc. depend on research. Thinking research has reached perfection is equal to regression which will lead slowly to destruction. Impossibility of doing a perfect research could have positive aspects if it entails an urge to perfection, therefore a continuous strive, i.e. if we refer the adjective "perfect" to the whole act of doing research.The general knowledge of research "provides the means of answering a large number of important practical problems, though it may not give a complete specific answer to any of them. The function of applied research is to provide such complete answers. The scientist doing basic research may not be at all interested in the practical applications of his work, yet the further progress of industrial development would eventually stagnate if basic scientific research were long neglected."
Consequently we better strive and conserve the hope of reaching perfection, which is different from doing perfect research, then we can prosper bearing in mind, of course that there is nothing like a perfect research. Continuous research is a way of expressing our gratitude as human beings that there is nothing like a perfect research, because thanks to that we can reach greater heights.