In research, 99% of all mistakes are caused by ASSUMING something from the outset. The ONLY way to conduct research is to follow the breadcrumbs. Whatever you may have thought would be the outcome, is typically wrong. This is why I created a computer model to do research on its own without any predetermine rules. It has taught me a lot and impressed the hell out of even governments because it is free of human bias.
Take the Chernobyl incident. Everyone assumed that a nuclear accident would kill all life. Sorry, that ASSUMPTION was dead WRONG. It turned out some species were sensitive while others adapted.
The BBC did a story on this very startling discovery that Chernobyl “contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, yet it has become a haven for wildlife – a nature reserve in all but name.”
It is what it is. You have to just follow the breadcrumbs and stop trying to further theories that support what someone wants to happen. The Black Death killed off half of Europe. Some were not affected and survived. Nothing is Certain. The fascinating thing is waking up each day to a clean slate to see what can be discovered. It keeps life interesting and engaging.