Genius comes through gradual, focused iterations. It is not necessarily a static property. Genius is in motion.
Like all virtues, genius is achieved through constant practice. It is simply the optimizing of our capacity of discovery and experimentation through a set of habits.
Scientific method looks at the bare process of genius-like behavior, yet is too cold to capture the human quality that makes this process alive.
In addition to a scientific method, perhaps we need a scientific ethos to invigorate our cold dehumanizing modern approach to genius.
Curiosity, focus, persistence, honesty, thoroughness and even a love for beauty – these are the habits that distinguish a genius from a mere technical expert or mad scientist.
Once we have recast the way of the genius in a more familiar light, we can begin to see the psychological imperative of cultivating gradual, iterative genius.