The Power of Intuition

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  1. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I agree, but IMO, that is just a matter of gradually storing better informaton, which is an evolutionary process.
     
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  3. Asexperia Valued Senior Member

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    I define intuition from a psychological perspective, not a statistical one.
     
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  5. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I define it as a "quorum sensing"
     
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  7. Speakpigeon Registered Senior Member

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    Learn music to get musical intuitions.
    Learn mathematics to get mathematical intuitions.
    Learn trash to get trash intuitions.
    What idiotic idea is not widely believed?
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    Exaltation? Surely you mean something else?
    So, how does it work to unconsciously feel excessive exhilaration or well-being?
    Not at all.
    Kant used the term "intuition" to refer to our immediate awareness of our percepts. Very, very different from the usual notion of intuition.
    Still, intuition (and a memory) can be understood as indeed a percept. However, knowledge is knowledge of the percept, not knowledge that the percept is true of the world outside your mind. That's true of all our percepts. We know them, but we can only believe that they are true of the world we believe they represent.
    The claim that intuition somehow provides knowledge cannot be justified. Intuition is definitely the outcome of an unconscious process of the brain. Presumably, this process takes as input sensory data and conscious thoughts data. However, whether your intuitions are actual knowledge, well, we just don't know.
    It's really very much like memory. Whether what you remember is actual knowledge, well, how do you prove that? It's OK to believe your memory is knowledge of the past, but it's more accurate to say that a memory is a belief. Beliefs may be wrong and still be belief. Knowledge can't be wrong. If you know that p, then p is true.
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  8. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Intuition is the brain's instant "best guess" of identifying a possible threat. It is a survival mechanism, "fight or flight", evolved into other areas of more sophisticated (subtle) cognitive abilities.
     
  9. Asexperia Valued Senior Member

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    An explanation of intuition may be the reading of brain of genetic information.
     
  10. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I think one's ''intuition'' also stems from past experiences. If you've had bad experiences doing 'x' then other situations that resemble ''x'' will cause you to have a similar feeling.
     
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  11. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Information always helps any situation. If you are prone to seeing a lot of "miracles" understanding probabilities will help. If everything is an unknown to you, learning more will help. Learning to think and make an "educated" guess or thinking in terms of getting the magnitude right will eliminate a lot of really bad decisions.

    At its best, as mentioned above, intuition is largely based on previous experience.
     
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  12. Asexperia Valued Senior Member

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    Intuition is based on reflections about a topic.
     
  13. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    IMO, intuition is based on, and evolved from our reptilian brain. "Fight or Flight" is a fundamental intuitive response action in the face of an unknown condition representing possible danger.
    It is suspected to be a hardwired neural response system, connected to the startle response system and is a very primitive chemical "mirror" response system, but of course has since expanded with our greater knowledge and understanding of previously "unknown" conditions.

    Example; a single celled Paramecium swims and learns to avoid obstacles by the sensory input from its cilia, probably the very first functional sensory organ in mobile biological organisms.

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    When it swims it bumps into obstacles and causes the cilia to interrupt and affect their regular swim movement and thereby alter course to pass the obstacle. A startle response which causes the organism to change course. Neat chemical trick for a brainless organism. It is a quasi-intelligent bio-chemical response action.

    From there, the "fight or flight" response evolved, and here we are still reacting intuitively and relying on ancient survival techniques when startled or presented with an unknown quantity......

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  14. Asexperia Valued Senior Member

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    Fight or flight is an instinctive, not intuitive response.
     
  15. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Intuition is an evolved quality of instinct.
    They are both mental phenomena. Instinct (reptilian brain) is just more fundamental than intuition (modern brain).
     
  16. Asexperia Valued Senior Member

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    That's better.
     
  17. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I think that's what I said to begin with.......

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  18. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    do humans have reptilian DNA ?
     
  19. Asexperia Valued Senior Member

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    Intuition is located in the pineal gland, the third eye.
     

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