I'm looking for a term for a curious situation that I've found myself in a couple of times.
- A person discusses a new concept/invention.
I am a part of that conversation or simply overhear it.
I think 'wow, what a great idea, I wish I'd thought of that!'.
I subsequently discover that I misinterpreted their concept/invention and to my surprise 'my' idea has merit in excess of theirs (more generalized applications of the solution, orders of magnitude more efficient, a complete 90deg turn in logic and/or reapplication of concepts in a new setting, or just plain cooler, for example)
Is there a term for this seemingly out of the blue inspiration?
A kind of mental catalyst?
I am of the belief that it is more my idea than the other person's, but in attempting to catalogue the life experiences that gave me the building blocks to make that unconscious conceptual leap, I'm often left wanting.
I am not looking for basic synonyms of 'inspiration' or 'epiphany'. Hopefully something more attuned to the specific circumstances I've described.
It's possible no such term or phrase exists.
(A tangential example of a more specific term would be 'staircase wit', which relates to the predicament of thinking of a perfect reply, but too late.)