Santa Monica, California, USA
Hi All -- I think that some of you might have noticed that I suffer from IDD -- Intellectual Deficeit Disorder...
To comment briefly on one or two of the great thoughts above:
Other Jim: Yes, an implication of the proposal is that every insight is available to every Joe Schmoe, though some Joe Schmoe's might not know what to make of it. Somewhere in here is the makings of a wonderful Monty Python sketch....
I see the merit in arguing that Einstein's formal academic process of studying everything then known (or of interest to him) about physics, gave him a ground in which to make use of his insight. I wonder, and really don't know, what process grounded Ramanujan, or why Planck didn't get it in the first...
Serenity: Thank you for pointing out the differences you see between "epiphany" and insight/intuition. With this new, and dare I say insightful, light, I'll be more careful.
Passing thoughts: I don't wiki my references. All of this nonsense is in my head. I think of my brain as a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce. All kinds of ingredients are in there, including too much salt, and some ingredients I wish weren't in there at all.
As a Freudian slip, I offer: "Freud was a seminal thinker."
Next, but not last: I've been trying to avoid the rhetorical strategy of throwing "sand in the eyes of the bull," that one remembered from William Pirsig's "Zen and the "Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."
And finally, my mind seems to make bizarre, if not particularly useful or insightful connections. This thread started out with a little satirical poem that was running around in my head. I've since been preoccupied with the start of another one:
Out of the mythos and into the logos
To Grandmother's house we go.
Descartes knew the way
To follow the sleigh
Over the bounding snow-ow...