In the spirit of Scientific honesty, I have to retract (or at least heavily modify) my previous opinion. I have since gone on to read the book in which many behavioral psychology experiments have been put in context, Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”
My full review is here.http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/261437465
But let me just say that this book has given me a new tolerance for the word “intuition” (when used carefully in the context of “learned” technical or professional expertise. The article comparing the “intuitive” answer and the “reflective” answer phrased things pretty poorly. Instead of arguing for two “different ways of thinking, neither wrong or right” they might have said, “The brain functions in two, sequential systems, and the first of the two is very perceptive and adept at pattern seeking, but horrible at analysis and higher order functions like statistics.
Knowing that your “system 1” brain is likely to make errors, it is critical to train yourself to NOT immediately follow system 1 to a decision. But on the other side of the coin, it is essential that you allow your system 1 to do what it does well and trust it…. because from the “magical” function of system 1 flows inspiration, improvisation and discovery.