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Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 16 October 2016 01:35:05AM 3 points [-]

Fun fact: Scott came up with logical induction on his walk to work.

Isaac Asimov wrote an essay on creativity, here's one of the interesting points:

Probably more inhibiting than anything else [to the creative process] is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren’t paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues.

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I would suggest that members at a cerebration session be given sinecure tasks to do—short reports to write, or summaries of their conclusions, or brief answers to suggested problems—and be paid for that, the payment being the fee that would ordinarily be paid for the cerebration session. The cerebration session would then be officially unpaid-for and that, too, would allow considerable relaxation.