Inspiration is a sudden flash of insight with a novel solution to a particular dilemma, or the opening of a new view on things.
As such it represents a flow from a greater reservoir of awareness to that currently owned by the recipient. It is in this manner that the masters inspire ideas to their students and disciples, perhaps suggesting a new avenue of approach or research to a given problem. Leaving the student to explore further.
In the same way a new twist in a plot may be given to an author. Among the arts the sources of Inspiration are termed the Muses. There is not a similar collection of active intelligences for the Sciences. Perhaps that is why Science is so lost in its interpretations of the phenomena it perceives. To perceive is a way of looking at something. It does not equate with intelligence but with expectation. Even less so does it equate with observation.
Many speculations in the scientific world are wild unenlightened guess work, often driven by nothing more than personal ambition to ‘make a name for oneself’, a thing spurned by those with truly unique perspectives on things. They are not concerned with the opinions of others.
Inspiration flows from a greater consciousness to a lesser one. A more embracing approach to a given situation, than that currently held by the inspired one. So we strive to encompass greater and greater consciousness, not in an effort to be more aware than our colleagues but to draw closer to that source which is Consciousness only.