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I ask that you accept this opening statement: Intuition is a natural human capacity.

I could justify it with both scientific evidence and extensive personal experience, but this is not the time or place[i].  If you are not inclined to accept it, then reading this article is at best an exercise in curiosity.

My interest here is to look at the implications and to suggest with some strength of intention that intuition is a critical need, perhaps a key to sanity but at the very least an important part of our toolkit for life.   Why so?

We all know that these are turbulent and unpredictable times and most of us have some awareness that our linear thinking and our extrapolations of data plots provide inadequate navigational support.  We know that the old normal has broken, and while we are emotionally inclined to hope that there will be a “new normal” there is an strong undercurrent of fear that this is not about to show up.  Author Nicholas Taleb is reported to have expressed some irritation that people ask him for a list of the next five “Black Swans”[ii].  Such requests are an expression of our reluctance to engage with reality

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