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My view of the matter, for what it is worth, is that there is no such thing as a logical method of having new ideas, or a logical reconstruction of this process. My view may be expressed by saying that every discovery contains ‘an irrational element’, or ‘a creative intuition’, in Bergson’s sense. In a similar way Einstein speaks of the ‘search for those highly universal laws… from which a picture of the world can be obtained by pure deduction. There is no logical path’, he says, ‘leading to these… laws. They can only be reached by intuition, based upon something like an intellectual love (‘Einfuhlung’) of the objects of experience.’ Popper. The Logic of Science p.8

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