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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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The powers and perils of intuition

The powers and perils of intuition

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(p.158) Chapter 11 The powers and perils of intuition
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Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain
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David G. Myers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0012

Psychological science reveals some astounding powers of intuition, and some notable perils. Intuition feeds automatic behaviours, creativity, and spirituality. But intuition is also perilous. Today's cognitive science aims not to destroy intuition but to fortify it, to sharpen thinking and deepen wisdom. Scientists who expose intuition's flaws note that it works well in some areas, but needs restraints and checks in others. In realms from sports to business to risk assessment, people now understand how perilous intuitions often go before a fall, and how they can therefore think smarter, even while listening to the creative whispers of their vast unseen minds.

Keywords:   intuition, spirituality, right brain, instinct, creativity, automatic behaviours

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