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Can we train our intuition to be more effective at solving problems?

Seventeen years ago I wrote an article called, "Communal Blind Spot Theory". In that article it was my experience that in every discipline I have studied there are collective oversights i.e. communal blind spots.

Think of an individual blind spot as you not seeing a glass of water on the kitchen counter in plain sight. Now imagine 1000 people going into the kitchen not seeing that glass of water on the counter.

Can we train our intuition to see through those blind spots?

We speak of a woman's intuitiion. What do we mean? Do we mean a woman feeling uneasy about entering an elevator with a single man inside? Do we mean a brilliant research scientist who has a strong "gut" reaction about one aspect of her studies? Clearly these are two entirely different aspects of a "woman's intuition".

Here is a cook book recipe to use intuition as a research tool. It is argued here that an intuitive view of reality is every bit as valid as a logical and factual view of reality. Thus it is only when my intuition agrees with the facts and logic that I view this as useful knowledge.

Here is how it works in practice. Suppose I have a strong gut reaction that a particular enzyme impacts on a specific gene and this results in an elevated rate of breast cancer. I test this hypothesis and get a null result but my gut tells me that the results are not consistent with my intuition.

Do I walk away from my intuition? According to my theories, no. You run the experiment weeks or months later to try to confirm the earlier results. If you get a null result, then you walk away for another few months. Next time you tweak the experiment say changing the temperature or PH slightly and run the experiment again. If you get a null result yet your intuition remains fixed, you tweak the experiment again.

Clearly this is not possible in the real world; if you were to run the same experiments again and again with null results you won't get funding, but it is critical to finding paradigm shifts.

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  • Nov 21 2012: The daily use of intuition can enrich the quality of life one lives. We tend to make better decisions, have equally good friends and do not let ourselves slip to the darker side. All this is made possible by the intuition which by the way is a characteristic of the soul. The intuition is just one aspect of the soul and so it has the ability to guide one correctly.

    In my life I have had many instances whereby my intuition guided me more correctly and accurately than my logic. I'd like to share one experience here. When I was in my teens I was playing with a friend of mine and a flash of intuition occurred to me and told me that my friend was going to get injured terribly, I chose to ignore the intuition and continued playing, and whilst playing my friend bumped in to a passerby thus injuring himself badly whereby he was taken to the first aid room.

    Similarly I also ask invisible forces to control my hands while cooking and I let them direct the movements of my hands and surprisingly I am able to make really good food, if I do not do that then my cooked food doesn't taste that good.

    At times I do not know how much salt / spice to add, and that is when I seek the help of invisible forces whereby I let them control my hand, and as we all know the end result is that there is only the right amount of salt that goes in to my food. Developing ones intuition is just one part, as we evolve we shall learn how to use the invisible forces to our advantage in our daily life, I learnt all this from Sri Aurobindo's yoga and meditation.

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