Does intuition have a scientific basis?

Intuition research is a scientific discipline.

The heart has its reasons, which the mind does not know.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher of religion, literate, collection of philosophical and theological texts Les Pensées, chapter IV, p. 277, 1670

After the wave of “emotional intelligence” the “intuitive intelligence” became the great topic of applied psychology.For a long time, scientists shied away from the “reasons of the heart” and abdominal decisions like the devil’s holy water. Accurate decisions are often based on an unconscious intelligence that operates very quickly and is surprisingly simple, especially in complex situations, certainly superior in recognizing the essential and logical balances.The current knowledge of gut feeling revolutionizes the existing image of the human mind.
The unconscious judges more quickly and competently than rational consideration can; often the intuitively gained first impression of a person or a fact proves to be more accurate than an opinionthat has been worked out and rationally examined over a long period of time.As soon as one uses the mind, the ego switches to the fact that all too often cannot and does not want to perceive what is given as it is, but as it was intended for it – and the ego is highly creative in coming up with all sorts of ‘rational’ reasons in order to confront its view towards it. intuitive, direct perception.

Intuition works quickly andeasily, says Prof.Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer, the current leading German intuition researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Educational Research in Berlin.

Not all available information is relevant for predictions.The “Take the best” strategy makes it possible to use certain data as crucial and to ignore the rest.

More information is always better.

More time is always better. More options are getting better and better. More calculations are always better. This scheme is deep within us, but it is wrong! What interests us as researchers is: When is ‘more’ better, and when is ‘less’ better? Prof.Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer

Paradoxically, the hit rate of the take-the-best strategy is improved by omiting information.

Good intuitions must ignore information.

Prof.Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer

References by and with Prof.Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer (*1947) German psychologist, director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and
Cognition (ABC), Max Planck Institute for Educational Research, Munich and Berlin (since 1997), author
Book: Abdominal decisions.The Intelligence of the Unconscious and the Power of Intuition Reading Probe, Verlag Bertelsmann, Munich, March 2007
Video interview: Gerd Gigerenzer: The fear of one’s own intuition,presented by the German Donors’ Association for German Science, series “Horizons”, YouTube film, 11:00 minutes duration, discontinued September 2, 2011

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