Discontinuous Discovery

Under conditions of discontinuous discovery+, success is neither predictable nor estimable. It’s not deterministic nor stochastic+: it’s not a numbers game. You can’t know when or where the next blockbuster+ product will appear. Success springs up in unexpected places, often far a field from original intentions. Pursuit of twenty or even 100 great ideas means nothing towards the success rate. Too many pursuits and you reduce chances for success by distracting researchers with reports, tracking and other administrivia. Discontinuous discovery has analogies to the idea of the ten-year flood. Just because you had one yesterday, doesn’t mean you can’t have the next one tomorrow: or twenty years from now.

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