Logic and Intuition

Please take note how often in the media commentators mistake the terms "logic" and "intuition." Most often they cite an idea that is intuitive by terming it counterintuitive, meaning what? The idea is logical so call it "logical." When you are intuitive call it "intuitive." What is the necessity for the modifier "counter"? Intuition is almost never given its proper due as the essential way knowledge in human relations and relationships is gleaned. Logic is reserved for understanding how the mechanical world operates. It can never allow you to understand the world of human experience. Actually, it is incorrect to apply logical thinking to such experience so that the word "counter–intuitive" has no application at all since intuition is operating on different levels of comprehension that can’t be compared. Even the phrase "I have to figure this out," or any of its variants, is used incorrectly when applied to human relationships in any form. "Figuring out" is a phrase applicable to logic, but has no relevance elsewhere.

Intuition permits us to apprehend by a process outside the logical mechanism of syllogistic thinking. It allows us to think in wholes, to see how elements are related to each other, without the necessity of drawing conclusions, as happens with logic. It is unconditional thinking, i.e., it doesn’t depend on immediate information supplied by ordinary logical construction of thought. The experience is one of knowing that you know, but not knowing how you know. Intuition consists of disinterested intellect – needing no conclusions to be decided – combined with disinterested instinct – needing no immediate fulfillment – both bridged by intuitional language called image – needing no causality.

You will not hear much of this latter way of non–natural, scientific thinking over the airwaves or other mainstream media outlets. So, when the speaker seeks to use the word "counterintuitive" for something intuitive so as to say it’s not logical and therefore, should be discounted, don’t be misled – or even worse – bamboozled.