Unconscious Thinking

Unconscious Thinking
   The Role of Chance in Mental Processing
   [It is first] necessary to construct the very numerous possible combinations. . . . It cannot be avoided that this first operation take place, to a certain extent, at random, so that the role of chance is hardly doubtful in this first step of mental process. But we see that the intervention of chance occurs inside the unconscious: for most of these combinationsmore exactly, all of those which are useless-remain unknown to us. (Hadamard, 1945, p. 28)

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