In Search of Intuition


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Elijah Chudnoff
University of Miami
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What are intuitions? Stereotypical examples may suggest they are the results of common intellectual reflexes. But some intuitions defy the stereotype: there are hard-won intuitions which take deliberate effort to have, improved intuitions which contravene how matters naively seem to us, and expertly guided intuitions in which an expert in some domain guides a novice toward having an intuition he or she would not have had otherwise. I argue that reflection on these three phenomena motivates a conception of intuition that emphasizes its phenomenology over its etiology, as well as its grounding in malleable problem-solving abilities.
Keywords intuition  expertise  dual process psychology  problem solving  mathematical intuition
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