Our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t have to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass.
This is not true. There are things we do that are done automatically all the time, things we do that we are not consciously aware of, and things done consciously. The idea that we arent aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions is a very powerful one.
It’s also a very dangerous one. The idea that we are not consciously aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions is one of the reasons why our minds are so easily influenced by advertising. Of course, there are people who do have conscious awareness of their habits and routines. But a great many people don’t.
Many scientists believe that the first step in any research collaboration is consciously thinking through and discussing your hypotheses with your collaborators, and in some cases, even writing them up together. The second step is often called “reviewing” the ideas of your collaborators. This is another form of implicit awareness, and it’s an important step. If you’re not writing up your hypothesis with your collaborators, it’s unlikely that you’re consciously aware of it.
I know I do. It’s a common mistake to forget to review and decide which one of your collaborators is right for your project. The final step is usually to take your collaborators and write down what they wrote and what you know about them.
The problem is that you really can’t just pick one collaborator and write them down after you’ve chosen another. Not if you want to keep your research as a whole. Because you’ll want each collaborator to read your entire paper and make a decision about whether or not it is a good fit for them.