Intuition -vs- IntellectCurrently I am reading "Intuition Knowing Beyond Logic" by Osho. A central argument discussed throughout the book is that our formal educational process removes us from our...

Intuition -vs- Intellect

Currently I am reading "Intuition Knowing Beyond Logic" by Osho. A central argument discussed throughout the book is that our formal educational process removes us from our innate ability to intuit decisions. Do you agree that too much time is spent evolving the intellect to the detriment of knowing things by being in tune with your true self/inner compass?

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While I have not read this work, I am familiar with the argument, but I disagree.  What we call instinct, in my opinion, is intelligence operating below our own radar. When we make "intuitive" decisions, we are using our experiences and acquired knowledge so quickly we are unable to observe the process. One's "inner self" is a compilation of one's spirit, character, personality, experiences, and knowledge. To the degree that we make choices and decisions based on the first three attributes, would evolving our intellect really matter all that much?  To the degree we make decisions, conscious or unconscious, based on the latter two attributes, I, for one, am in favor of improving the odds of making good decisions and choices through an educational process. 

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have not read the book, so I don't know how the author defines intuition, but perhaps we need to do that first. Intuition is the (

) direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension. Or with regard to philosophy it is an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object. It seems to me that we would want to develop our ability to make inferences and draw conclusions based on reasoning of facts and information rather than simply "intuit" things.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't believe that it is necessary for everyone to have a formal education in order to be considered intelligent or innovative.  On the other hand, to presume that formal education has a detrimental effect on students' intuition is also a hasty generalization. While it is true that some people enjoy being perpetual students because it allows them to escape the crucial decision-making requirements of the work force or real world, that is not the norm.  If humans possess innate abilities to make gut decisions, then formal education should simply hone those abilities rather than abolish them.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I agree only to a certain extent with your central thesis. First of all, we do rely too much on facts and logic in decision-making. There seems to be a reigning viewpoint that we need to quantify all of our decisions with profit and loss or pro con charts. I do not think this works. You need to make a decision based on the big picture, and the overall truth of the situation. This relies on intuition as well. But our gut feelings don't come out of nowhere. They come from analysis that we don't know our brain is doing.
booksnmore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Formal education has the potential to become so much of a focus that it becomes a detriment to hearing our inner self. But so can a lot of other things. We get so busy that we don't listen to our inner voice. We become so romantically involved that we're paying more attention to the other person and what s/he is doing than we are to our true self. We're so obsessed with work or problems or whathaveyou that we forget to stop and listen. Sometimes we need to just refocus and remember to be present with ourselves.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The argument you're citing sounds like the old Romantic argument that somehow emotion and intuition are superior to intellect.  There is, of course, no way to know whether intellectual development somehow stifles one's "inner compass."  However, I see no logical reason why it should.

I agree with post #2's very nicely stated argument.  Intellectual achievement can only give us (in my opinion) a firmer foundation on which to base our decisions.

drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My opinion is that it is not formal education that inhibits our intuition but our overscheduled, busy, frantic lives. To heed one's intuition requires self-awareness and a willingness to ponder quietly. Contemporary society pressures us to make snap decisions, get it done, do it quickly--all counterintuitive behaviors.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I feel that your intuition comes from your experiences and prior learning in life. I would think that by being a life-long learner would work to sharpen our intellect as opposed to dulling it.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Many experts believe that intuition is logic that is used by a person without being aware of the nature of logic. If it was not so, the only way of explaining intuition logically is to consider it as a matter of chance. When a person seems to get a correct intuition as an exception, it may really be just a chance occurrence. But when a person gets right intuitions again and again, it is more likely that he or she does have some relevant knowledge of the subject, and uses appropriate reasoning system without being aware of it.

I would also like to add just one comment on the presumably central argument of the book Intuition Knowing Beyond Logic by Osho, that that our formal educational process removes us from our innate ability to intuit decisions. Is this book also not trying to educate us?