- ‘Intuition’ comes from the unconscious.
- It’s fast & creative; It doesn’t necessarily “make sense”; It’s unreliable (mostly).
- Intuition tends to be closer to emotions.
- ‘Reasoning’ comes from the conscious.
- It’s slow & logical; It “makes sense”. (That’s the job.)
- It’s closer to rationality.
Intuition vs. Reasoning
- ‘Intuition’ & ‘reasoning’ often collide.
- ∴ Rational judgement is necessary.
- With little time, intuition is the only option.
- With ample time, reasoning is significantly better, generally.1If something can be determined by reasoning, intuition doesn’t matter.2This doesn’t mean reasoning is perfect.
Not Enough Reasoning
- People tend to rely heavily on intuition, which is irrational.3It’s because reasoning is intellectually taxing; the conscious is much less powerful than the unconscious.
- The vast majority of decisions are better made with reasoning.
- Intuition is only more effective than reasoning at the edges of intellectual capacities: time shortage, OR information shortage, OR vast complexity.
Intuition + Reasoning
- A person typically:
- “Decides” by ‘intuition’, AND
- “Justifies” by ‘reasoning’
- However, reasoning after an intuitive decision is BS.4It can only justify, not add.5If it falsifies, then it’s reasoning (+ intuition).
- ∴ IF: intuition first, THEN: intuition only.
Reasoning + Intuition
- I can add intuition on top of reasoning (not vice versa).
- When dealing with complex systems, I have to use Abstractions.6E.g. I can’t try to solve cancer with particle physics; I have to use chemistry (probably).
- More complexity → More Nuance ≈ More judgement(intuition)7Judgement is intuition + logic. If intuition is unneeded, there’s no need for judgement; it’s one way. (Computers have no judgement.)
Questions & comments are welcome!