I suspect the answer to this question will vary depending on the researcher. For me it has to have several components:
- It must stimulate my curiosity. I need to be passionate about the subject otherwise, I won’t be motivated to dig deep enough.
- It must have practical implications. If the question is too abstract or too general to have a low potential of making a positive impact on daily life, I won’t be motivated to look for answers.
- It must be realistic. If there is a very low probability of finding answers, I won’t even start looking into it.
- It must lead to new knowledge. If the question has been properly answered before, why put any effort into it.
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