We all want those breakthroughs of insight the provide solutions. Is “Intuition” the opposite of “Logical Reasoning”? Or is the relationship something else?
Let’s look at the relationship between these two different processes. First, we’ll define the two, then compare.
Common Sense and Logic
Logic is the capacity for making sense of things through a precise method of checks and balances. In general, it is the process of applying the scientific process to an argument. So, it’s really a natural way of combining the scientific process with logic. Common sense is the resulting good judgment in practical matters.
The scientific process and logical reasoning are similar methods. There subsets of this mental toolbox everyone needs. This includes the logical axioms and tools for spotting logical fallacy. Using these will enable you to sift out the facts from the fiction.
Logical reasoning can provide breakthroughs of insight. You may have experienced that Eureka moment when you find a solution. This happens when you grasp the understanding of mathematics, algebra, and statistics. The moment when you “get it,” that’s what you’ve been working for. Does this insight from the analytical mind alone? Some believe this is so. That’s what creates the misconception of intuition versus common sense and logic.
For that reason, we recommend that you respect anyone who seeks truth for themselves. Also, respect anyone with the courage to seek their own spiritual truth. This is possible using the ancient spiritual technologies passed down through the generations. These ancient tools are all about consciousness development. With this approach, you find your own spiritual truth. You are seeking truth within yourself.
What is the Scientific Process?
formulation of hypotheses
and modification of hypotheses
This process involves deriving predictions from data to form a hypothesis. This is how those seeking the truth develop conclusions and predictions about how things work. It’s a never-ending process. They continue to carry out experiments based on those predictions to see if the results are repeatable. They expand knowledge and revise conclusions when they find new data and results.
A hypothesis is a prediction of how something will act. A hypothesis can be narrow or broad. Scientists test hypotheses by conducting experiments. Under modern interpretations, a scientific hypothesis must be falsifiable. This means the hypothesis must be something others can replicate. This process helps us learn how to reject those preaching fiction as truth. If there is no proof, the conclusions are invalid.
When you combine common sense and logic together, you open the analytical powers of the mind. But this is only half of the story. There is another way of gaining knowledge that is just as powerful, this is intuitive thought.
Breakthroughs of Insight
Mistranslating the word intuition is common. It is easy to confuse it with instinct, truth, and even belief. The word comes from the Latin verb intueri, which means to contemplate. And, so intuition and reason seem to be two different roads? But perhaps not.
Intuition is the ability to gain knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning. In other words, you have a eureka moment. You find an answer without knowing where it came from. Intuition has a range of different meanings from mystical insight to unconscious pattern-recognition. Immediate breakthroughs of insight, the Eureka moments of understanding come from intuition.
Intuition Versus Common Sense and Logic
They are not opposites but complementary ways of getting an answer. Some Eastern traditions regard intuitive thinking as a connection. It’s a level of thinking using a different type of process. The intellect cannot access subconscious information directly. So, we access intuitive thought through another type of awareness.
Albert Einstein talked about his own process he coined “intuitive thought.” While at a physics conference in Kyoto in 1922 explained how he used images and music to solve problems. Einstein’s insightful leap forward in physics did not come from analytical reasoning or mathematics. These tools became the medium for the communication of these concepts. The actual formula concept appeared out of nowhere.
Einstein goes on to say, “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of imagination has meant more to me than any talent for absorbing absolute knowledge.” He did not see it as intuition versus common sense and logic. Rather, it was a matter of using common sense to understand intuitive insight.
The art is then being able to work with the analytical mind intuitively and resolve the differences so that we can understand the answers. The only way to do this is by trial and error. Above all, find those eureka moments, the sweet-spot, between intuition and logic.
What’s your experience? What techniques have you used that enabled you to blend logic and intuition?
Many people are realizing that is is not Intuition versus common sense. Instead, it’s a matter of learning that these two aspects of the mind to work together. When you learn both together, they are synergistic and powerful.
We don’t really care how we get the answer to the solution. Enhancing your critical thinking and intuitive insight is the best way to get the answers quickly.
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The Scientific Method, The Oxford English Dictionary
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Albert Einstein, Wikipedia