What Stallybrass is saying is that an individual should not be the source of their own inspiration. This implies that Stallybrass believes that each person’s thoughts or creativity is in fact derived from others. Our thoughts do not source from ourselves, but in fact generate from others around us through interaction and interpretation of what they have said or done in the past. In essence, we rely on our past and we build from it to create and establish who we are today. This relates to research in that we take from around us to form our own opinions through what we read and experience from others. This is research.