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The Intuitive Edge: Understanding and Developing Intuition

Goldberg, Philip

 The author argues that science does not progress by empirical observation and logical inference but by creative insights and intuitions that are subsequently empirically verified and after a logical theory has been devised to explain the phenomenon under investigation. He observes that there has been resistance to acknowledging the important role intuition plays in our lives, but the intellectual atmosphere is changing. He proposes that although intuition is a spontaneous phenomenon and cannot be forced, much can be done to develop intuitive capacity and to create conditions that are conducive to it. In the first part of the book, he defines intuition and gives examples drawn from science and art. A chapter is devoted to the intuitive experience and another to the question of who is intuitive. Theories are offered to explain intuition. There are three chapters on how to develop intuition, drawing heavily on studies of meditation and brainstorming, and on Eastern sages such as Patanjali. Goldberg closes with a call to recognize the current limits of scientism and the importance of enlarging scientific methodology to include enlightened subjectivity. Some suggestions are offered for researching intuition.
Publisher Information:Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1983. 241p. Bibliography: 227-237; 12 figures; Index: 238-241; 1 questionnaire
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