Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development argues that intuition is now less about “knowing” the right answer and much more about understanding through instinct what is unimportant and thus disposable.
Gigerenzer’s book Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious notes that the author is both intuitive and rational.
He goes on to say:
“In my scientific work, I have hunches. I can’t explain always why I think a certain path is the right way, but I need to trust it and go ahead.
I also have the ability to check these hunches and find out what they are about. That’s the science part.
Now, in private life, I rely on instinct. For instance, when I first met my wife, I didn’t do computations. Nor did she.”
A reader, Joy Boleda initially asked a question which stopped me in my tracks,
What about intuition? It has never been titled as a form of intelligence, but would you think that someone who has great intuition in things, has more intelligence?
Gut instinct in such cases would dictate a positive affirmative in such cases, especially to the more curious in pursuit of their knowledge.
In some respects, intuition could be thought of as a clear understanding of collective intelligence.
For example, most web sites are today organized in an intuitive way, which means they are easy for most people to understand and navigate.
This approach evolved after many years of chaos online, as a common wisdom emerged over what information was superfluous and what was essential. You might say that I’m a believer in the power of disciplined intuition.
Do your legwork, use your brain, share logical arguments, and I’ll trust and respect your intuitive powers.
Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
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