Elena Hinnawi

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When do we discard explanations that are intuitively appealing?

I've been researching the power of human intuition, and the two main systems of thinking for the past couple of days to try and get to a plausible argument on when and for what reasons should human beings discard explanations that are intuitively appealing.

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    Jan 28 2012: Hi Elena,
    My first response to your question..."When do we discard explanations that are intuitively appealing"....is NEVER. I never "discard" information from any source. I may not use the information to form actions/reactions in the life experience, but I do not "discard" information.

    One thing that has been helpful in my life exploration, is to remove "should" and "shouldn't" from my vocabulary. The concept of should/shouldn't usually comes from the programming we've been given from society, family, religions, etc. Who tells us we "should/shouldn't" do something? Years ago, every time those words came into an exploration of my action/reaction/thought/feeling process, I immediately asked myself...."who gave me that information"? "Who told me I should/shouldn't act, react, think, feel this way"? Once I discover where the should/shouldn't came from, I ask "why"? "What is the logical/intuitive bases for this information"? Then I ask myself why do I want to follow that programming....... because that's all it was/is.

    I don't want to live my life experience feeling obligated because someone told me I should or shouldn't feel a certin way. I want to live, based on the choices I make for myself, and that includes getting as much relevant information as possible from all sources.

    When something feels intuitively/instinctively appealing, I investigate that feeling. It is usually our logical, programmed mind that pops in with "you should do this...you shouldn't do that". I then ask the logical mind..."why"? It's important, in my perception, to use the information from the logical mind ALONG WITH intuition/instinct. We all have these sources of information in ourselves. The challenge is, that many people have learned to seperate the functions, rather than using them together.

    I don't "should" on myself:>)
  • Jan 27 2012: Hi Elena,

    I'd say that intuition is our mind's way creating a best guess explanation for something which it doesn't have the time, information, or understanding to explain more completely. Oftentimes we have to make decisions based on little or no understanding. In these cases intuition is as good a decision tool as any.

    Intuition should make way when more observations or a better understanding allow us to give more accurate explanations of events.

    We have survived as a species because we could get past our intuitive decisions. Which early human was more likely to pass on his/her genetics? The one who remembered his friend being killed by the bear, or the one who's intuition said that bears are cute and cuddly?

    Best wishes,
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      Jan 28 2012: Thanks Doug! Never really thought of it that way.

      Elena :)
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    Jan 27 2012: I'm not sure if this is personal or not, but usually you can convince me of changing what I think with logic that proofs my wrong. The problem I think is that a lot of people, including me sometimes, don't accept that their intuition could be wrong and sit down to think about other people's arguments.