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aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by aquilacane

I can imagine intuition being the naturally occurring, thoughtless, hypothesis that immediately results from the limited information available at the time the initial opinion was formed. It is an unavoidable survival skill and purely out of our control.

I would liken it to the options provided by Microsoft word when using the dictionary. None may be correct but all are naturally related in some way to the incorrectly spelled word being checked. If it fits a pattern that pattern will be considered.

It isn’t until the luxury of analytical scrutiny that we are able to override the natural response for a more involved and educated consideration. I would expect that we often lose a great deal of authority under analytical scrutiny, as well. To change our opinion is to agree we don’t know what we are talking about all the time.

So the immediate, pattern based, intuitive dictionary response to a query on the word phreedum may suggest presume, puréed, precede, phrased and prefund as options; whereas a more analytical view of the word in question might call into question the entire context of the word, how it is used, what it sounds like and not just the spelling. The phrase “You cannot be free without phreedum” might reveal more information not privileged to intuition.

I would guess intuition is the result of not enough time and too little information but an underlying drive to form an opinion while appearing to be right and in control. Sticking to your intuition is a natural form of self-defense as well as play for dominance. If I admit I don’t know, you’ll not ask me again. If I tell you something that sounds right, I may win you over. If I ask for more time to be sure, I may lose the opportunity.

Intuition appears to me to be a desperate survival skill that may or may not be useful based on the situation and is most likely not achieved through the scrutiny of adequate information. It’s a sort of faith.

If we look at a scenario akin to a survival reality show, the person who reacts fast on their intuition with the appearance of knowledge and control of the situation will probably have more control and say over the rest of the group regardless of whether their intuition is correct. The common phrase “At least they did something” is often the excuse when intuition is wrong. “I didn’t know what to do but I had to do something so I just poured my shit on the wound.” Would get better praise than. “I didn’t know what to do so I did nothing until I figured out what to do.”

I have many clients who want an answer, now! They have no concept of what it takes to have an idea. They see a headline as something that should technically be written in a few seconds. How can it cost so much!

If I can type 60 words per minute, a six word headline should take about six seconds to write, why do I pay so much and why do you need days in which to do it (it was once weeks and months, now it’s closer to days and hours)? Technology has sped everything up, just not my brain. I can’t write copy any faster today than they could 100 years ago and you’re buying my idea not my time; time and money are not synonymous.

of course, I have no idea.

Thu, 03 May 2012 18:25:12 UTC | #939413