Sometimes a reliance upon equipment works to our detriment. Sometimes,
the more advanced a certain device seems, the less actual evidence it produces.
Too much emphasis on gadgets, when coupled with the need to provide the next
great breakthrough, can sidetrack us from procuring honest and credible
substantiation. Devices that promise ground breaking results often can’t help us
prove a thing. They add to our frustration and fuel a dangerous desire to
prematurely and mistakenly label those results as conclusive. Our best tools
are the simplest ones, and most reliable among them is a finely honed ability
to observe. There’s no crime in coming up empty-handed, but we must not place
our faith in devices that do not provide trustworthy results.