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Evaluate the role of intuition in different areas of knowledge

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Evaluate the role of intuition in different areas of knowledge Intuition is the hunch to turn left at a crossroads when you're lost or the gut feeling that you should choose the third queue in the supermarket because you "feel" that it's the best one. There are those who argue that intuition is in fact not a feeling and but a reasonable and logical choice that your subconscious makes for you. For example when a fireman is inside a burning building and has two seconds to decide if he should turn right or left. He thinks that it's his intuition telling him to go left when it could be argued that his subconscious has made a logical calculation of his surroundings and decided that it's safest to go left. It could also be argued that intuition is an instinct. If attacked by a bear, your intuition and instinct become the same; both telling you to get away as soon as possible. This is also a decision and action based on reason. Reason tells you that if you that the bear is bigger, more lethal than you and possibly dangerous and so logically it would be better if you left. ...read more.

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When painting a portrait of someone or scenery the artist has a model that needs to be copied. This doesn't require imagination nor creativity as there is nothing to be invented or made up from scratch because there already is a correct answer, a model to follow. This then makes art reasonable and logical as all that is required of the artist is talent and technique to know how to copy something successfully. Therefore in some cases art does indeed lack intuition and emotion. This also applies when making decisions based on experience. For example if a song producer wants to add some extra flavour to his latest rap-song he knows that a few more yeahs! or increasing the base will do the trick then his decision is based on experience and not intuition. Our former Theory of Knowledge teacher told us that it is impossible for the human mind to create or think of something that doesn't already exist. This would then mean that we could literary not think outside the box as this would be beyond our brain capacity. If this is true then every form of art is an attempt to copy something that already exists which according to what was said earlier doesn't need intuition. ...read more.

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Then again the idea of a mass intuition is quite farfetched and so economics might be a science that lacks intuition after all. We are humans and from time to time we get our hunches that we might chose to react upon or not. In this essay the use of intuition in different knowledge areas has been discussed. It would seem that in the case of mathematics and natural sciences intuition is used the least whereas it is often used in art. Whether intuition is used in economics or not is debatable. Another question that arose during the writing of this essay was if intuition is based on reason or emotion. It would seem that even though we interpret intuition as a feeling it is usually just the logical conclusion our subconscious has drawn. Art might be considered an exception to this as it is so linked with emotion and is often seen as illogical. In conclusion one might say that intuition is used more or less in most knowledge areas and the importance of intuition depends on the knowledge area. Although its importance is not as crucial in all the different knowledge areas the importance of intuition in our everyday life and the decisions we make everyday is crucial. Word count: 1599 ...read more.

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