They always say in school to research a topic but what that really means is to search for something again. So more people, in my opinion, should be searching for things that haven’t already been found. When people get grants for medical research, aren’t they just spending money to look for something that has already been searched for? If all that money went to searching for new things, then more would get done and the world would evolve quicker. How many times have you heard that someone say, “I’m doing research on something” compared to “I’m searching for something”? It’s a lot easier to research a topic because information is already out there somewhere and you know there’s a good chance you’ll find it if you keep researching.
Astronomers search for new stars and planets but once they’re found, other people then do research on them.
When you think about searching versus researching, I’d rather be the person who is searching for something new. It’s like thinking outside the box which is a good thing. I guess inventors and entrepreneurs could be considered “searchers” since they find new ways of doing things or new products. It’s a good thing there have always been people willing to search for things; otherwise we would still be living in caves and using stones as tools.
So we have to keep our minds wide open and start searching for new possibilites, not just researching things that are already here.