Things I notices from new scientists to industry R&D are their Captain Obvious’s experiments.

Here is an example:


2 experiments are needed for this hypothesis. 1 experiment for A=B, and one for B=C.

A good scientist will do an extra experiment to proof A=C. This experiment is particularly important since it confirm the result of the A=B & B=C experiments.

However, many new scientists are likely to repeat experiment A=B and B=C as “validation” experiment. These experiments should be called Captain Obvious experiment since

it only prove something you already did. Scientists need to design experiments not only validate their previous result, but also provide additional information.