Antony Unwin writes:
Rereading Edgar Allan Poe’s “Murder in the Rue Morgue” reminded me of his astute remarks on analysis. For instance
But it is in matters beyond the limits of mere rule that the skill of the analyst is evinced. He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences.
and the difference in the extent of the information obtained, lies not so much in the validity of the inference as in the quality of the observation. The necessary knowledge is that of what to observe.
He impaired his vision by holding the object too close. He might see, perhaps, one or two points with unusual clearness, but in so doing he, necessarily, lost sight of the matter as a whole.
However, I had forgotten his following comment, which rang all sorts of bells in connection with some scientific articles I have seen recently:
what is only complex is mistaken (a not unusual error) for what is profound.
How about asking referees to rate articles on their complexity and their profundity?