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Does intuition have any validity?

Intuition is defined as "the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning." Assuming that we're not talking about mystical insight, is this possible? When, if ever, should a person rely on such intuitions? How should he check them?

Anonymous , 03.02.2015, 08:56
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Adam Fitchett, 26.03.2015, 06:28
I like Antonio Damasio's explanation of intuition in his book Descartes' Error. He argues that human beings learn to associate an emotional response with certain ideas and situations. This emotional response then reappears when we are confronted with analogous ideas and situations, helping us to understand what needs to be done without having to reason through everything.

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