Tuesday, February 15, 2005


I wonder why they call finding new things as research. I was sitting in a tele-conference today at work and there was this lady who pronounced this word rather emphatically (reee-search as opposed to ri-search). If we are only re-searching, then why do we apply that term to discovering new things? I read in "The Road Less Traveled" (Scott Peck) that all knowledge in this universe is latent within us, submerged in our subconscious. And when we learn something new, our conscious mind is re-discovering what our unconscious already knows. Perhaps, that's why they call it re-search as in searching for something that we already know but don't realize..


Kay said...

Let us take few examples to show that Research is not Re-search.
Repetition is not Re-petition where the two words have got whole different meaning.
Similarly Release is not Re-lease. Re-leasing has got a different meaning than Releasing.
I conclude that Research has got a complete diferent meaning than Re-search.
Research is a single word which has got its meaning as a whole you cannot split it to have a complete different meaning as Re-search.

Ignatius Vijai said...

According to the Webster,

Etymology: Middle French recerche, from recerchier to investigate thoroughly, from Old French, from re- + cerchier to search.

Though Research is Re-Search, the prefix 'Re' doesn't mean 'Again'.