Your Intuition

…cognitive scientists have discovered that the human brain has roughly two different ways of forming judgments: intuition and reflection. (They’re also called “System 1” and “System 2.”) Our intuition uses shortcuts and emotional cues, while reflection is what allows us to plan ahead and to reason abstractly about things like math, logic, and hypotheticals.

And it’s a common misconception that being unbiased means only using reflection. But in fact, your intuition is invaluable! Without its shortcuts, we’d go crazy trying to reflect carefully on every single little decision. And without its emotional cues, we’d be rudderless – we wouldn’t know what we cared about.
So it’s more accurate to think of “biases” as cases of imperfectly coordinating your intuition and reflection. – Julia Galef

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. How open to intuition is your character? How does it affect his or her decisions?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you followed or failed to follow your intuition. What happened? What did you learn?

Art Prompt: Intuition

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the use of intuition vs. planning in business or in relationships.

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