“The pioneer scientist must have a vivid intuitive imagination, for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by artistically creative imagination.”

—Max Planck

“Your mind is like the universe. You have billions of bits of thoughts, observations, and information floating around in your conscious and subconscious mind, totally unobserved, with each bit presenting a multiple of possibilities which evolve and change over time. These thoughts are in multiple states such as words, phrases, metaphors, images, feelings, dreams, symbols, abstractions, voices, and so on. Particles of thought pop up out of nothingness and become entangled with other thoughts influencing each other instantaneously. Much like subatomic particles,  these entities have no real existence; they exist only in a probabilistic state of many different possibilities.”

source: how the mind creates ideas

I love this, because it seems to me very much like how a work of art is generated, lots of random things popping in and out of the web of consciousness.