Pauli, Wolfgang - The role of intuition, inspiration and wisdom
Type of Spiritual Experience
Written after he was cured and when he used forms of meditation
A description of the experience
The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche - C G Jung and Wolfgang Pauli
THE INFLUENCE OF ARCHETYPAL IDEAS ON THE SCIENTIFIC THEORIES OF KEPLER
In contrast to the purely empirical conception according to which natural laws can with virtual certainty, be derived from the material of experience alone, many physicists have recently emphasized anew the fact that intuition and the direction of attention play a considerable role in the development of the concepts and ideas, generally far transcending mere experience, that are necessary for the erection of a system of natural laws (that is, a scientific theory).
From the standpoint of this not purely empiristic conception, which we also accept, there arises the question, What is the nature of the bridge between the sense perceptions and the concepts? All logical thinkers have arrived at the conclusion that pure logic is fundamentally incapable of constructing such a link.
It seems most satisfactory to introduce at this point the postulate of a cosmic order independent of our choice and distinct from the world of phenomena.