go with your gut

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by sculptor, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    when uninformed/ignorant/unsure/in-doubt/uncertain...etc...
    it seems that going with intuition/going with your gut
    yields results that are more often correct than not
    your thoughts?
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  3. geordief Valued Senior Member


    That was a good documentary that seems to the point.

    Horses for courses,we can be fooling ourselves when we think we are being rational.

    The scientific (and other ) methods may have a chance to keep our delusions between the rails.
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  5. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

    The mind is hardwired to the body.
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  7. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

    In most cases, I'd say yes - go with your intuition. Whenever I've ignored my ''gut'' feeling, I regretted it.
  8. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    Maybe it depends on the gut. Mine is particularly unreliable.
  9. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    It depends on the decision that you are having to make. If it's a subjective decision then going with the gut may be the best choice. Otherwise it's pretty unreliable.

    If you think you know how quantum physics works (when you don't) going with your gut is stupid. If you are using your "gut" to make an educated guess about something you are unsure of then that's likely to be a good decision.

    If you are wildly emotional in general, your gut reaction isn't likely to be a good one unless you are talking about whether to break up with a boyfriend/girlfriend. In the latter case your gut is probably fine.
  10. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    That's because you only resorted to your gut when it was appropriate.

    A bat costs $1.00 more than a ball and the total cost (bat and ball is $1.10). How much does the ball cost?

    Five machines make five widgets in five minutes. How long does it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?

    There are water lilies in a pond. They double every day. The water will be clearer when the pond is covered with water lilies. In 48 days the pond will be covered. On what day is the pond exactly halfway covered with water lilies?
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  11. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    After W's administration, "go with your gut" will always induce a wince.
    Among those with working memories.

    At a minimum, if you must: Don't rely on anybody else who goes with their gut, unless they also know what they are doing based on long and thorough personal experience - "Thinking Fast And Slow" https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-...MIv9OsgJDv4gIV1MDICh2YxgDHEAAYBSAAEgKCIfD_BwE
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  12. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

    In personal relationships, rely on emotional response.
    In situations requiring fast action on matters in which you have long experience, instinct is better than indecision.
    In financial or technical matters, do the math!
    In political and organizational matters, due diligence.
  13. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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  14. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    I was being a tad to obscure---perhaps even obfuscatory?
    to the point
    Long ago, in an anthropology seminar, I proposed that the Basques, Picts, and original irish were all related, and parts of western tribe of the "first"(after the recent glacial period anyway) Europeans. (The subject of the day was stone-age settlements in scotland...)
    The professor did not seem to take the thought well and remarked: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs
    To which, I responded: "Unless they are yours".
    (momentarily, I had thought that we had gotten off on the wrong foot)
    a paper
    (subtitled nothing extraordinary)
    wherein, I argued that the Basques, Picts, and original irish were a seafaring peoples that had largely been displaced by later migrants, tying artifacts from the orkneys to those of the boyne valley. As a stretch, I tied the people from the orkneys to malta together via dates and architecture.
    (long story short) The prof liked the paper, and we ended up getting along quite nicely---I picked his brain for much that I did not know, and got some more information about my unknown unknowns.......

    dna from the Basques, Picts, and some Irish has supported my proposal made on scant evidence------(maybe not completely ignorant, but certainly made on scant knowledge and evidence)

    ok............I had not given a lot of thought to the subject---off the cuff, so to speak... likely in response to a stray comment of his?
    (nothing quite like challenging a professor--an authority figure---to challenge yourself?)

    I could have been wrong
    turns out that I was most likely not
    go with your gut
  15. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

    Anthropology papers - yes.
    Tax returns - no.
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  16. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    during one of my audits, I came across this little phrase: (approximately)
    "The taxpayer may create from memory those documents which are missing."

    Tax law is not what the IRS regulations claim
    Tax law is case law.
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  17. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    I listened to a few minutes of the video an my intuition tells me its Bull-Sht... lol.!!!
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