Methods can be terrible. They can make people blind for what is obvious and they can block innovation. At the same time, they are absolutely necessary to avoid dangerous nonsense, to structure our thinking and observing, and, yes, to spark creativity. Methods of investigation and methods of organizing are both worth a non-traditional look, and their relations deserve more attention as well.
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