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The Science of “Intuition”

The Science of “Intuition”
by Maria Popova “There is no such thing as an intuitive person tout court. Intuition is a domain-specific ability.” The power and fruitfulness of intuition has had innumerable and celebrated champions — from Einstein, Anne Lamott, and Steve Jobs to some of history’s greatest scientists and philosophers. But what, exactly, lies behind this amorphous phenomenon we call “intuition”? That’s precisely what CUNY philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci explores in a chapter of Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life (public library). First, Pigliucci offers a primer on what intuition is and isn’t, compared and contrasted with the history of understanding consciousness: The word intuition comes from the Latin intuir, which appropriately means ‘knowledge from within.’ Citing recent research, Pigliucci presents an important debunking of the grab-bag term “intuition”: Public domain photograph by Nickolas Muray via George Eastman House / Flickr Commons

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