This paper is about scientific research, and it’s probably a bit over my head. But, I like what the abstract says.
The Gossip Test
How do you figure out what you really like? Pay attention to what you just naturally talk about about.
The Boredom Principle
How do you figure out what you should definitely NOT do? Notice what bores you.
How easy is that? 😉
Crick and Watson gave complementary advice to the aspiring scientist based on the insight that to do your best work you need to make your greatest possible effort. Crick made the positive suggestion to work on the subject which most deeply interests you, the thing about which you spontaneously gossip – Crick termed this ‘the gossip test’. Watson made the negative suggestion of avoiding topics and activities that bore you – which I have termed ‘the boredom principle’. This is good advice because science is tough and the easy things have already been done. Solving the harder problems that remain requires a lot of effort.
Medical Hypotheses (the blog where I discovered these two terms)