the science of intuition

The Science of Intuition by Maria Papova from Brainpicks.org

This is a fantastic article compacted with a lot of delightful and education references on the question of intuition as it is explored in the book Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life

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The word intuition comes from the Latin   intuir  , which appropriately means ‘knowledge from within.’ Until recently, intuition, like consciousness, was the sort of thing that self-respecting scientists stayed clear of, on penalty of being accused of engaging in New Age woo-woo rather than serious science. Heck, even most philosophers — who historically had been   very happy to talk about consciousness  , far ahead of   the rise of neurobiology   — found themselves with not much to say about intuition. However, these days cognitive scientists think of intuition as a set of nonconscious cognitive and affective processes; the outcome of these processes is often difficult to articulate and is not based on deliberate thinking, but it’s real and (sometimes) effective nonetheless.   The Science of Intuition - by Maria Papova - from  www.brainpickings.org

The word intuition comes from the Latin intuir, which appropriately means ‘knowledge from within.’ Until recently, intuition, like consciousness, was the sort of thing that self-respecting scientists stayed clear of, on penalty of being accused of engaging in New Age woo-woo rather than serious science. Heck, even most philosophers — who historically had been very happy to talk about consciousness, far ahead of the rise of neurobiology — found themselves with not much to say about intuition. However, these days cognitive scientists think of intuition as a set of nonconscious cognitive and affective processes; the outcome of these processes is often difficult to articulate and is not based on deliberate thinking, but it’s real and (sometimes) effective nonetheless.

The Science of Intuition - by Maria Papova - from www.brainpickings.org