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Deep science, creative science: Patient brooding versus evidence-reason-based techniques
  • Bruce Charlton
Bruce Charlton
School of Psychology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, England

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It may seem odd to assert that patient brooding and waiting for imaginative validation is the proper way of doing science; after all, most professional scientists and philosophers believe that the essence of science is ‘evidence’ derived from observations and experiments, synthesized by some kind of logical and rational method. But personal experience, history and theoretical considerations all suggest that a prolonged state of ‘patient brooding’ is the hallmark and prerequisite of ‘deep science’; a practical necessity for the most creative and significant breakthroughs.