The Science of Intuition
The purpose of this paper is to explore what intuition is and to deliver some scientific understanding of how it is even possible. What is the nature of a reality that would enable such a capability to exist? Recognising that reality, how would we develop and make use of an intuitive capacity?
What is intuition?
It is always best to begin with a shared understanding of what a key word means, and more so than usual when the concept is poorly understood. I will begin with two definitions:
- The power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference; and
- Spiritual insight or immediate spiritual communication.
In this paper I will focus primarily on number 1. However, it will become evident that the analysis crosses boundaries into the realms to which a word such as “spiritual” may be applied. If there is some discomfort that such a word is showing up in a paper with “science” in its title, I invite you to bear with the analysis.
What follows is a journey through our minds, our bodies, some physics, a little philosophy, some shamanism and more.