We're field types that preferentially gravitate to the hot, cold, wet-'n-wild muck of the real-world, as opposed to its simulation, some lab; we learn more & faster this way, we also develop fewer blind spots. Critically, we never delay running those rather very uncomfortable & sometimes daunting killer experiments, we run things straight-up, up-front & fast-turn-style with the aim of putting proverbial rubber on the road.
"In scientific investigation, the smallest processes are of utmost importance. The fortuitous choice of an 'animal', an instrument built in a certain way, the use of a reagent instead of another, are often enough to solve general questions of the highest order.”
– Claude Bernard (1865)
Though we leverage animal findings we're rather cut-chase types that tend to restrict ourselves to what we know best, the human animal.
"We can only be guided by what we know, & our only source of knowledge is experience."
– Arthur J. Pillsbury, The Final Word (1896)
Information-seeking & arm-chair theorizing is all well & good but in & of itself has limited reach: it constrains one's horizon, experience, perspective & the ability to uncover "unknown unknowns" as well as see those looming but hidden risks. However, we're cognizant of the fact that "imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research." – Albert Einstein (1931). To offset these shortfalls & blind-spots as much as possible, we remain hands-on.