# Evaluate the role of intuition in different areas of knowledge

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. But then again the fear that you experience when seeing a bear is an emotion and fear usually makes you want to get away. So is intuition based on reason or emotion?

Intuition is used in the different areas of knowledge. For example mathematics is an area of knowledge where logic and reason are frequently used. Laws of physics and mathematics, like Newton’s three laws and law of exponents, are generally accepted and believed to be true as they have yet to be disproved. They have complex formulas and equations as proof to back up the laws. As most of the world’s population is not very well trained and educated in mathematics and physics we believe in our authorities. In all the mathematicians and physicists who claim that these universally accepted laws are correct. Thus by calculating something we use faith (in our authorities) and the logic that we have been taught in math class to solve a mathematical/physical problem. Thus it would seem that there is no place for intuition in the area of mathematics and natural sciences (in this case physics). However, many of the students in Higher Level Mathematics claim that they often use intuition to help solve difficult problems. That they make a guess because “it feels right” and hope that it will lead to a correct answer. Sometimes this hunch works, most often not. But a wrong answer is not a necessary failure. You always need to start somewhere and that’s where intuition helps. It becomes the hypothesis and if incorrect you learn that this was not the way to solve the problem. Now you have one choice less and are one step closer to the correct answer.