Perhaps you are referring to his interest in alchemy, or his idea of applying the scientific method on the Bible. He spent a good deal of time doing both. INTP's of that era were more interested in making their own philosophy. Newton was not like them.-Regardless of that Newton was a physicist and not a philosopher he'd still be interested in the alogical as much as Sartre would be. The alogical ideas that he'd be interested in would be different from Sartre's because of their different interests, but nonetheless Newton's appreciation for alogical over the logical would manifest still.
Yes, but the external manifestation looks different, and that is what I am getting at. Newton's imagination works like an INTJ, because he is an INTJ.-Playing with ideas for the sake of imagination is not a strictly P thing, it is a strictly N thing. It appears to be a P thing only because NPs have their Intuition on the outside, NJs do the same thing internally.
Here's some logic. Consider the statement "P implies Q". If P is false then "P implies Q" is always true. In other words, the reason you think that you are always right is because your assumptions are wrong. This is very common for a dominant Thinker.So far your arguments are anecdotal, very common of a dominant Intuitor. I want to see hard logic, not just connections between ideas.
Geez it's like you have to repeatedly shove the evidence right in their face until they get it. Yes, I understand for INTP's that it's frustrating to have to redo a whole theory that you've put so much time into, but that's just part of being INTP. I hate not being able to finish most of what I start, but at least as an ENTP I can admit my weaknesses.
The whole process is Ni-Te. First you have to consider the biggest weakness in the scientific method is that it doesn't tell you how to come up with a good hypothesis. Good intuition makes the whole process so much quicker and more efficient, so this point right there makes it favor dominant intuition, either ENTP or INTJ.P.S
What is so Ni-Teish about Descartes method?
Now that you have your hypothesis you have to perform the experiment, which always has lots more details than are ever discussed in the theory: reducing noise, accounting for quirks in the instruments, etc.... Ni does a better job of keeping all of these details in mind than Ne does. Then you have to take accurate measurements. That is pure Te.
Also the scientific method is about discovering that which is in the natural world. That is Te. "I've discovered electricity". Well Ben you're talking like an INTJ, because you are thinking about the external world. There is a reason why you find INTJ scientists in a lab while INTP's prefer to sit behind a desk. INTJ's are best suited to discover via the scientific method.
Logic plays a very limited role in selecting good axioms. All it can really do is check for contradictions. Anyone who has studied enough math knows you can easily change axioms and create a variety of contradiction-free thought systems.Though..even when selecting axioms..logic still should be the judge of all our Intuitions..
Reality only has one "true" set of axioms though. That is why intuition is such an important part of discovering them. Logic can only check for contradictions or draw conclusion from the axioms, but it is very weak in discovering what they are.