innovation = lust for innovation X time

lust for innovation = motivation - demotivation

motivation = trust in experimental science X trust in personal skill

demotivation = trust in established science X trust in personal knowledge

Example 1:

We take 10 caged hamsters. The ultimate innovation would be a Houdini out of the cage. Our hamsters have the maximum hamster/hours available to accomplish this task. The hamsters don't have much personal knowledge to trust upon but they may address the established science of other caged hamsters, the surplus climate quality and the fact there is food right there in the cage. For as far as our hamsters can tell they are most skillful hamsters. But experimental escape attempt display little to trust upon. The lust for innovation is therefore not big enough to invest any time in the innovation of the great escape.

But as soon as one of the hamsters does experiment it's way outside (for example because we left the door open) the rest of the squad is soon to follow. The motivation is more then big enough to overshadow demotivation. They will now continue to look for a way out even after we close the door.

Of course in case of success we will put it back into the cage again thus defeating the purpose but that's a chapter for a different story.