Wednesday, April 06, 2005

"Just listen to your heart"

On the surface, it's not a good week for rational thought, at least judging by my reading. First came Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell's new book, to talk about how our quick judgments often are better than our careful ones. Then I discovered Die Intelligenz der Gef├╝hle in the Goethe-Institut's Markt online, which points out that our gut feelings and intuition may do a better job in many circumstances than our logic and reason. Often we're better off sleeping on major decisions to let our unconscious process things.

This article points out that, when reason and gut feelings diverge, it's a signal to try to understand the reason for the difference. It also points out that reason can keep our gut feelings in line, preventing us from doing really dumb things, and it can help us develop our gut feelings. So I guess I'm seeing a common thread, all unified around the action research cycle of acting and critical reflection, around the interplay of gut feeling, intuition, and reasoning.

I think I'll go sleep on it.

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