The natural human ability to process information, a desire for precision and order, and the ability to process data and synthesize.
“Mans mind was mathematical by nature, and that knowledge and progress came from accurate observation.” The Absorbent Mind p.169
“The two powers of the mind (imagination and abstraction), which go beyond the simple perception of things actually present, play a mutual part in the construction of the minds content.” – The Absorbent Mind, p.168.
“…something orderly and exact in their minds, and that is what has enabled them to create something new.” – The Absorbent Mind, p.169
“Order and precision, we found, were the keys to spontaneous work in the school.” – The Absorbent Mind, p.169