Intuition Or Deliberation? (Podcast)


A reader wants to know how reliable his intuition is.  Should he rely on it, or should he instead fall back on his powers of rational analysis and deliberation?  It’s a great question.

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5 thoughts on “Intuition Or Deliberation? (Podcast)

  1. I don’t have the intellect of your age or experience, but my perception is that intuition can be enhanced several times over by cultivating a habit of mental presence.

    I’ve mentioned maladaptive daydreaming before and, while I can’t presume to speak for anybody else, I’ve learned in wrestling with that particular problem that the conscious mind is like a radio scanner, dialing into some aspects of reality while keeping others in the periphery.

    The Nordic concept of Yggdrasil, the Slavic world tree, the Polynesian Miro… Throughout history, humans in similar positions have gravitated towards similar archetypes, even when these archetypes are highly specific.

    Similarly, I believe that if you ‘dial’ your attention in to another person, your internal radio is dialed into that individual and you can react much more “intuitively” to that person, because you are immersed in that person, crossing into their subconscious reality. Apart from the obvious factor–better recognition of body language and tone– I think that there is a mystical element to intuition and person-person interaction that’s been missing for a long time,

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  2. Enjoyed your podcast as usual, but I’m not sure I think you hit it on the head.

    We tend to use instinct/intuition to mean at least two different things, one of which is inborn and the other acquired and improvable.

    The first is something that we are probably born with through genetic inheritance, like a fear of heights. It is programmed into us by evolution, and it may or may not always give the best advice. You can learn to override it to some extent, but it won’t ever go away.

    The second is the state of the expert in any field: a sport, the law, software development, woodcraft. Someone who has achieved mastery often just has an intuition, educated by years of experience of what the right thing to do is in a given situation. You only realize this when a newbie asks you why you did something, and you have to try to figure out what the basis of the decision was. Often you can’t fully explain it, even if you are still sure it was the right thing.

    This second type of intuition is only as good as the level of your experience in the particular area of expertise. If your experience is low with something, it might pay to deliberate more when you have a problem related to it.

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