A more precise definition of intuition

Intuition is the result of applying counterfactual reasoning to statistical observations. Insight, the process of forming a new intuition, is the perceptual task of recognizing the essence (common causal element) within a pattern of phenomena, and consolidating this essence into a mental model. A worldview, perspective, or superego is a set of mental models which process perceptions into predictable objects. When intuitions are passed to children this is called instinct or “genetic memory”.

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21 Responses to A more precise definition of intuition

  1. I don’t know, intuition seems to me to be about just magically knowing the right answer to really complicated stuff. And being proven right about it.

    Now, that complicated stuff… either the brain is just:

    1. really good at just hack-sawing through it with some simple heuristics (yet coming out of it successful) OR

    2. the brain is performing a billion zillion complicated scenario calculation instantaneously OR

    3. intuition is actually supernatural and a milder form of pre-cog.

    Teasing out whether variant 2 is actually computationally feasible should allow us to prove the supernatural perhaps? Of course, variant 1 could be true as well, which would mean that most complicated, intuition-grade problems are actually really simple.

    • I’m partial toward #3 – intuition is some kind of abstract pre-cog, operating on the concept plane (think Plato or Rupert Sheldrake).

      • Akuma says:

        I agree with this. I once shot my conciousness two days into the future using a Flotation Tank.

        • Edenist Whackjob says:

          How did that work? Tell us more.

          • Akuma says:

            I did a 60 minute well rested session after a crossfit wod and 10 mile bike ride. After dropping into a meditative state my conciousness began to unravel and I dropped into a void. I thin saw a vortex open and was on top of a snowy moutain. My cortisol spiked and I came back to reality due to ripples in the water. From there I dropped back into the void. Then an image appeared in front of me like the pre-cogs in Minority Report see. Blurry at first and my conciousness centered it. Out of the blurryness I saw two kids running on grass with trees behind them. Shortly after this the alarm went off and my session was over.

            Two days later I was doing shuttle sprints with a speed chute at the park. There were two kids playing in the park. After a couple of drills I noticed they had stopped and were watching me. On the final sprint down the length of the park they waited by a tree and began to run slighty behind me. I turned my head as I realized what was happening. The exact thing I had seen in the flotation tank was now happening before my eyes. The trees were in the same place, the kids looked exactly the same, and the leaves were blowing exactly the same.

            I stopped at the end of the sprint and squatted to catch my breath. The kids came over and started asking me questions, and if I could show them how to sprint. I told them to go get their mother and come back. The most surreal thing about the whole thing was how real it actually was. The exact same thing id seen in the tank occurred exactly IRL.

    • Heaviside says:

      Maybe normal “cog” is just the “pre-cog” we’re accustomed to.

    • Pseudorandom Bypasser says:

      That concept is just NEETche poking fun of wagies and their daily commutes.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >I don’t know, intuition seems to me to be about just magically knowing the right answer to really complicated stuff. And being proven right about it.

      >Now, that complicated stuff… either the brain is just:

      >1. really good at just hack-sawing through it with some simple heuristics (yet coming out of it successful) OR

      >2. the brain is performing a billion zillion complicated scenario calculation instantaneously OR

      >3. intuition is actually supernatural and a milder form of pre-cog.

      I think the phenomenon you’re referencing comes down to associative horizon using obscure systems analogies (“this escalating war of reprisals somehow reminds me of my wife…”) to do #1 (hack-saw heuristics), which supplies the counterfactual insight, which produces intuition for working within the new system.

    • Had an experience when younger: dreamed about sitting in a hospital while a pretty nurse walked by, event happened two weeks later

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Your subconscious absolutely realizes patterns and meta-patterns before you do.

      I daresay the conscious mind is not capable of recognition-type tasks.

  2. mendicant says:

    To be clear when you say “genetic memory” passed to children are you suggesting Lamarckian inheritance of intuition, or something taught by parents post birth? Or do you mean literally, in the Dune sense?

    • Akuma says:

      Maybe both. This idea has broad implications for the Alt- Right. If the boomers were cucks they would have passed that thinking onto their children. The 10th generation is the last because the epigenetic changes in the amygdalae reach a peak. Itd be interesting to study how the brains of boomers and millenials fire with regads to different stimulus.

  3. Pseudorandom Bypasser says:

    A worldview, perspective, or superego is a set of mental models which process perceptions into predictable objects.

    Do you think this could be mapped to Two-streams hypothesis?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-streams_hypothesis

    T-back/occweb = ventral stream
    occ + par F-back/”functional nerdiness” = a varying combination of the two
    very backswept parietal F-back/purely egotistical ambition = dorsal stream
    M-back/The Cause = dorsal stream + more abstract parietal mass than fauxcipital

    Another thing: the concept of blind variation is a good description of occipital creativity.

    http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/BLINDVAR.html

    That site seems like a good source of concept porn and very MT in spirit: “Principia Cybernetica tries to tackle age-old philosophical questions with the help of the most recent cybernetic theories and technologies.”

    Third thing: is it intuition, superior grey matter/perceptive faculties or just general abstract thought if my thinking works in an “abstract embedded figurines” (ref. the intelligence subtest that autists excel in) kind of way? By this I mean that instead of perceiving visual/concrete patterns and figures I perceive abstract ones. This also applies to my memory storage and recall. As I posited in an earlier comment I think this is the low end of abstract intuition and tactile-conceptual synesthesia.

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  6. Obadiah says:

    >When intuitions are passed to children this is called instinct or “genetic memory”.

    “Introverted intuition apprehends the images which arise from the a priori, i.e. the inherited foundations of the unconscious mind. These archetypes, whose innermost nature is inaccessible to experience, represent the precipitate of psychic functioning of the whole ancestral line, i.e. the heaped-up, or pooled, experiences of organic existence in general, a million times repeated, and condensed into types. Hence, in these archetypes all experiences are [p. 508] represented which since primeval time have happened on this planet. Their archetypal distinctness is the more marked, the more frequently and intensely they have been experienced. The archetype would be — to borrow from Kant — the noumenon of the image which intuition perceives and, in perceiving, creates.”

  7. Obadiah says:

    Once again btw you’re only describing introverted intuition

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