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Subject:

Re: Design and research (dihotomies, bicycles, and knowledge of any kind knowledge of any kind)

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Rosan Chow <[log in to unmask]>

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Rosan Chow <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 13 Oct 2000 02:23:47 -500

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Dear members of the list:

I am really stretching your patience this time, because I don’t  even have unsophisticated thoughts, just gut feelings. 

When I asked my original question "Is Design NECESSARILY dichotomous to ‘Research’?" (dated 10 Oct, 2000), I was hoping someone would tap on a feeling that I had: this dichotomy is a construction and it is a reflection of a particular frame of mind or a particular value system. (I am slowly learning to recognize and state my own intention more accurately),

Fortunately, Lubomir’s contributions to this discussion helped surfacing  my feelings. He wrote in "Re: Design and research (dihotomies, bicycles and knowledge of any kind)" dated  12 Oct, 2000,

"Science is about discovering something that already exists (otherwise it will not be science).……. Design is about invention."…… Now, we might have elements of design in science (the research design) and we might have elements of research in product design (asking people whether they like your new shoe design), bu t this does not change the main mode of thinking and the modality of discovery/invention."

I think, please correct me if I am wrong, that in the above quoted statements, science is equated with research. And subsequently, the rest of the argument is framed within this particular perspective and that any other kind of approach to inquiry  can easily be dismissed as ‘not research’, a necessary dichotomy.

Please note that I am not doubting the differences between the practice of science and design, (not this moment at least), I am questioning the effects of ‘science’ being interchangeable with ‘ research’ on any discussion about research.  

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me to sort my feelings out. 

Best Regards
Rosan
p.s. Please let me know if my sentences are brok en again, I have taken some measure to prevent it from happening.


Rosan Chow
Graduate Student
College of Design
North Carolina State University
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