My advisor introduced a model 15 years ago, published a lot of papers (including PNAS). Now, he makes me incorporate this model into well-established model from the neighboring field of research. I think he just tries to stay in the known waters (cite his own papers, etc). Of course, he is well aware (but not proficient) that everything we try now to research was already published in this neighboring field.
What should I do?
- Continue to reinvent the wheel with minor modifications (people from the neighboring field will probably laugh)
- Try to switch the project (although it will be hard)
- Freelance in the "spare" time ;)
Edited after Piotr's remark. Hope that nailed it down a bit.