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    What does "meta-work" mean?

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    Sometimes experiments fail for a reason. Sometimes experiments fail for no reason.
    As anyone who works in a lab knows, things that work perfectly for months or years can suddenly stop working, offering no explanation for the change. (In this way, lab experiments are like Internet Explorer®.) This abrupt and inexplicable failure changes your work to meta-work, as you stop asking questions about science and start asking questions about the consistency of your technique. You can waste years saying things like, “When I created the sample that worked, I flared my nostril in a weird way. So this week, I’ll try to repeat what I did last week but with more nostrils flarin’!”

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    Re: What does "meta-work" mean?


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    Re: What does "meta-work" mean?

    Got it.
    Thank you.

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    Re: What does "meta-work" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    meta-work: you stop asking questions about [the work] and start asking questions about the consistency of your technique.
    [not a teacher]

    The quote answers your question itself.

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