“Above all the inner knowing of the detective trumps every piece of evidence, every clue, every rational assumption. If we do not put it first and foremost, always, there is no point in carrying on, in detection or in life.”
Jacque Silette <a fictional detective>
“The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition. Such intuitions give the appearance of miraculous flushes, or short-circuits of reasoning. In fact they may be likened to an immersed chain, of which only the beginning and the end are visible above the surface of consciousness. The diver vanishes at one end of the chain and comes up at the other end, guided by invisible links.”
So. One of the things I admire most in people is consistent great intuition. Ok. What I really admire is methodical intuition. Pay attention because the difference between the two is not a nuance, its a chasm.
Great intuition always, yes … always, incorporates a sense or dash of methodology.
It’s like the best intuitive thinkers have this amazing microchip in their brains that quickly assimilates information through a number of programs to methodically <if not swiftly> sift through everything and generates this wacky thing called intuition. Some people suggest this is what your gut tells you <although your brain is whispering in your gut’s ear>. To suggest that creates the wrong impression as to what great intuition is. The microchip has to be loaded with data in order to do the voodoo it does.
Now. Not all intuitive thinkers have the same microchip.
Some have a program that sifts and isolates what doesn’t belong … what is wrong … what is out of place.
Some have a program that assimilates disparate pieces of information and intuitively see how it all can create this imperfectly perfect source of something good.
I think many young people don’t understand intuition. Well. Maybe they just don’t understand good intuition. They certainly don’t understand methodical when it comes to intuition.
I can understand why people like the concept of ‘go with your gut’ intuition because thinking methodically and learning enough to be a good <if not great > intuitive thinker is hard work.
It hard because the things we should have thought of could fill an ocean. And it is one of those things that you don’t know it until you see it or experience it.
Intuition discussions are actually grounded in a psychological aspect — a person just doesn’t know what they are capable of until a time comes when you encounter a mystery, a problem, a situation, that pierces their own heart & soul.
That moment comes with a cost.
The cost? You will never be the same. Some people don’t find that cost worth it. Why? While you become better you then carry an additional burden which sometimes making looking like you used to be, maybe even the sorry ass fucking thinker you were before, pretty good. And you may want it back just being a sorry ass fucking thinker <who thinks they have good intuition>.
But. You can’t.
Once you learn to be a great methodical intuitive thinker, once you have experienced the moment which has pierced that which was you <a sloppier intuitive thinker> you can’t go back to what you were.
Well. Try explaining THAT to someone who has never been through it. That is why many people … not just young people… struggle with the concept of intuition.
Rigor, basic methodology, gets honed over time and the microchip on your brain filters information through it time & time again:
Your brain goes through this rigor. This methodical plodding approach <often in lightning speed> and you offer your ‘intuitive’ response.
Anyway. Methodical intuition always reminds me of this following quote:
Sir Francis Bacon
People who suck at intuition get bogged down focusing on lead & ballast.
People who do not understand intuition get bogged down <well … maybe they just offer jumpy ideas & solutions that tend to fly away as soon as a different wind starts blowing> by not paying any attention to lead & ballast.
Lastly. Young people do have a legitimate gripe with older folk and ‘intuition. Methodical intuition is really only as good as, well, two things:
– Information being continuously fed into the microchip
– The microchip is being updated to match the most updated program version
Let’s assume you are a good intuitive thinker. As you get older there is a natural tendency to look at input on a heuristic level, i.e., seek verbal or visual cues which then unlock a stored away experience or core belief/perception. But what made you a good intuitive thinker was assimilating all information without a filter.
You have forgotten how to listen & observe. In other words. The information trying to be fed into the microchip is being blocked. Let’s call this ‘garbage in/garbage out’ <or, nothing in creates garbled garbage out>. Your intuition will be flawed by your heuristics.
Let’s assume you were a good intuitive thinker.
Your microchip works on windows 97. The world works on windows04 version. Those of you who have saved old 97 document versions to a more recent version get what I am saying. You click ‘save as’ and immediately a block appears as ‘compatibility mode’ and suggests ‘certain formatting and aspects could be lost in the conversion.’ If you haven’t updated your brain’s microchip to match this generation’s newer sleeker version, trust me, things will get lost in the compatibility mode.
So maybe you are still a good intuitive thinker you are simply no longer effective.
As I have stated before I believe intuition is an in born strength <you either have it or you don’t>, but, I also believe good intuition is a learned strength.
Use it or lose it.
Maybe that is the most crucial point: the learning necessary for great methodical intuition is methodical, not intuitive. Ponder that.