Originally Posted by Zhukov
Reading someone's research is in the same vein as listening to a news reader, like a sheep. There is an element of trust involved.
You are in a different herd, that is all.
Even after you read something that is heavily biased you have to come to your own conclusion about the subject. Even the most hated news sources (Fox) has a grain of truth in them. You have to read between the lines. You don't come to their
conclusion you make up your own
Hence "independent" research.