The Science of “Intuition”

Nov 09, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting and well worth noting: "There is no such thing as an intuitive person tout court. Intuition is a domain-specific ability." What does that mean? It means that intuition (or what we call 'intuition') isn't some sort of innate sense, but rather, a dorm of refined perception characteristic of expert knowledge and experience in a domain. This is what Massimo Pigliucci explores in Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life (public library: 2012),  according to Maria Popova. "Cognitive scientists think of intuition as a set of nonconscious cognitive and affective processes... as quick first assessments of a given situation, as provisional hypotheses in need of further checking." Intuition is a product of networked knowledge and associative indexing in making sense of information.

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