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Artistic Research Tools for Scientific Minds

George W. Ladd
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 61, No. 1 (Feb., 1979), pp. 1-11
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1239494
Page Count: 11
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Artistic Research Tools for Scientific Minds
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Abstract

The topics of this paper are frequently-used, versatile research tools: subconscious mental processes (imagination and intuition), chance (including serendipity) and writing. Conditions that may stimulate subconscious mental processes to generate useful ideas are discussed. They are doubt, venturesome attitude, diversity, thorough preparation, tension, temporary abandonment, relaxation, writing, exchange with colleagues, freedom from distraction, and deadlines. Various forms of chance and their roles in research and problem solving are discussed. It is argued that writing is not only a research-reporting tool but is also valuable in performing research.

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