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Friday, March 13, 2009

from Lawrence, Pub Philosophy Group, Sunday meeting: Intuition

Dear friends,

This Sunday we are discussing Intuition. I have only managed to write a few ideas on the subject which I hope you will appreciate. One day I hope to be able to write a full essay.

In the meantime I remind you that on Thursday Ignacio and a few of our friends are at Moore’s. Check their website:

Every Thursday, from 19:30 to 21h, at Moore’s Irish Pub, c/ Barceló 1 (metro Tribunal).

http://sites.google.com/site/tertuliainenglishmadrid/



Take care and see you Sunday


Lawrence


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Intuition,

The problem with a concept like intuition is that it is intuition when we get it right but a mistake when we get it wrong. So what is the difference between intuition and a lucky guess?

And although intuition is subjective, we still accept it as a reasonable form of thinking, specifically thinking about the future and future events. By future events I mean something like expecting what a given state of affairs will be like.

Furthermore, although we accept that some people might be more intuitive in general or about some specific things, we also recognise that everyone can have intuition to some extent or other.

A question we can ask ourselves about intuition is whether it is a conscious or subconscious process? Are we more intuitive, i.e. accurate about the future, when we consider issues consciously or subconsciously? These are more psychological and maybe neurological questions than philosophical questions.

A philosophical question would be for example, is intuition a probabilistic process or a deductive process? But the point is not whether we are right or wrong about some future event. But rather, if we are right about some future event, and we’ll know when that event takes place and not before, is this intuition based on probabilistic reasoning or deductive reasoning? If you don’t like probabilistic use inductive reasoning.

If our reasoning is probabilistic, then we are all familiar with the is-ought issues of induction. But if intuition is deductive, where, I ask you, did the future fact come from given that when we did the deduction there couldn’t have been any facts about the future? Or to put it in another way, how can we deduce something about the future if it is not in the premises?

Maybe, intuition has nothing to do about the future but more to do about our thinking process. maybe a process between guessing and knowing. At least that my intuition about intuition.

Take care

Lawrence



from Lawrence, Pub Philosophy Group, Sunday meeting: Intuition



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