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janesix
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7/18/2015 1:45:57 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Do we have an intuitive grasp of things because everything is connected via quantum entanglement?
kp98
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7/18/2015 2:55:28 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
No - its more interesting than that!

What is happening is that your 'unconscious brain' has drawn on its memories and inferential resources and come up with something of significance. The unconscious part of your brain then sends a message to your 'conscious brain' containing - say - 'there may be danger here'.

Critically that message doesn't contain any information about where it came from, so while you are now conscious of 'there may be danger here', you will not be conscious of why or how you suddenly feel 'there may be danger here'. You will feel there is danger here without knowing why - an intuition in other words.

Most people over-estimate how much they do is conscious. Hardly anything we do us conscious. Most of the time we rely on unconscious process that do their specialised job and then 'deposit' the result in our consciousness.

For instance, how do you tell a square from a circle? In fact you don't know how you do it. (If you think you do you are almost certainly wrong). But you don't need to know how to tell a square from a circle if you have an unconscious square/circle module in your brain that can which tell you (ie deposits into your consciousness) what shape something is.

Presumably until recently all animals relied on a repertoire of unconscious modules. It is only relatively recently that we added the power to use explicit conscious reasoning to our bag of survival tricks - which may explain why we are still so bad at it.

We need the power of conscious reasoning to deal with the very complicated situations we face as humans. We can't rely on an unconscious 'black box' to tell us whether to go for a fixed or flexible rate mortage. But if we had to rely on the labourious, slow and still unreliable process of conscious cogitation to distinguish between shapes or colours - well it obviously wouldn't work.
Otokage
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7/20/2015 3:35:23 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/18/2015 1:45:57 PM, janesix wrote:
Do we have an intuitive grasp of things because everything is connected via quantum entanglement?

No, I believe intuition is merely the result of previous experiences, expressed as an involuntary thought triggered by an observation.

If intuition were something that we know because of quantum entanglement, it wouldn't make a lot of sense that people have different intuitive thoughts, but they do.