Friday, July 25, 2003

Some people depend on their intuition more than others, using this “feeling” to make important decisions in their everyday life. Explain your attitude about intuition; do you “listen” to it or not. Give an example of a situation of where you should/should not have followed your intuition. What was the result? What would/might have happened had you done the opposite of your actions?

Logic is Integrated into Higher Brain Function of Intuition;
The Author always Listen to his Intuition.

   The author always listens to his intuition; however, it does not mean he just follows his "feeling," nor is he illogical. Thinking on the presented topic, the author has to point out how the test presenter himself/herself is prejudiced, because he/she must think intuition as one of "feeling" as a typical Westerner. In this essay, the author would like to write about the definition of intuition and logic in relation to brain function, his experience in solving math problems, in concluding how important intuition is and explaining it is not just "feeling."

   Intuition might be defined, according to the test presenter, as one of feelings and often illogical, and logic might be defined as rationale thinking based mainly on language. The author agrees with the definition of logic, but not of intuition; which is more sophisticated and integrated brain function. According to the brain research developed after 20th century, humans usually have the language center in their left hemisphere at the temporal lobe of their brain, namely the Broker Area etc. Although the location of language center differs in individuals and someone may have it in the right hemisphere, we don’t have it in both hemispheres. Further, the hemisphere with language center, which is usually left, is once called the dominant hemisphere because it is logical brain. Some researchers once defined the opposite hemisphere as non-dominant hemisphere which controls illogical intuition. Generally speaking according to clinical observation, the injury of "non-dominant" hemisphere, usually with left hemiplegia, causes much more troubles than the counterpart and delays rehabilitation, even though it doesn't accompany aphasia (speech disturbance). These are such as attention deficit, left spatial neglect, or total deviation of the patient's character. Therefore, clinical practitioners abandoned the naming of "non-dominant" hemisphere as discriminative and now psycho-neurological rehabilitation focuses largely on this "right hemisphere" syndrome.

   Logical thinking and language can easily explained in relation to correlative left hemisphere. However, intuition is not easy to be defined in relation only to right hemisphere, nor can it be said as "illogical feeling," because the right hemisphere seems to function as an integrating center connecting two hemispheres, and it doesn't function in isolation. Like many other practitioners of psycho-neurological rehabilitation, the author places high value especially on right hemisphere and the function of intuition which integrates logic, language, memory, feeling, and thought.

   The author often depended on intuition in solving difficult math problems, in which it might have been very difficult if he had depended only on language and logic. Math is logical learning, but "logic" doesn't mean what we can explain in language. For example, geometry often depends on intuition and is difficult to understand only by language. The author used to love spending hours to solve a math problem and write about the logical process of solution using figures, charts, equations, and language. Skillful mathematicians, such as Pythagoras, are always intuitive though they are logical too. He also analyzed scale of music revealing it is based on simple math, amazingly in as early as before Christ. Had the author depended only on language and treated intuition as illogical, he couldn't have succeeded in becoming a thinker who can predict something important in preparing for the future of us all.

   Eastern cultures evaluate intuition very much, and philosophers and religionists got "enlightened" after years of travel for the truth of life and peace. Written knowledge is important as how well Westerners invented papyrus and evaluated Greek and Roman classics correctly shows the evidence. However, not all knowledge can be written or explained in language, and the most profound wisdom is often transferred orally. "The most profundity of thought is never talked loudly at all," wrote Romain Rolland in his famous novel Jean-Christophe. Intuition or rather "enlightenment" is important for us all. Enlightenment is not just "feeling," but the synthesis of logic and intuition. Westerners should a lot more learn from the East.

Logic is Integrated into Higher Brain Function of Intuition;
The Author always Listen to his Intuition

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