There are three kinds of research:

  1. Pure basic research
  2. Pure applied research
  3. Use-inspired basic research

I ascribe to a use-inspired basic research, because I seek a fundamental understanding of nature so that I could solve immediate problems.

To apply a use-inspired basic research in my life plan, I need to do two things:

  1. Generate insight through creating prototypes (Some life prototypes).
  2. Develop ideas far enough that they become “obvious”.

To do

  • What does the last point mean? Create a new note for it.


Matuschak, A. 2020. Reflections on 2020 as an independent researcher.

“Pasteur’s quadrant.”