Is Intuition Accurate-Through the Monty Hall Problem Alex Liu

Progress Journal:

Elective readings:

I did two elective readings, listening to the video "Understanding unconscious bias" by The Royal Society and reading “The Statue that Didn't Look Right” by Malcolm Gladwell. The video really resonated with me, as it talked about how bias is both unavoidable and highly present in our lives. For example, when we make a decision based on prior experience, that is a decision that is affected by unconscious bias. This has a strong connection with the WOK intuition, as our intuition is heavily shaped by our biases. According to the video, we should slow down our decision process, especially about different stereotypes, as this will help us make better, more-informed decisions about a certain topic. As a result, if we need to make an important decision, we should try to use reason instead of intuition, though this does not mean that intuition does not have any uses - if we need a quick way of knowing something, then intuition can still prove valuable.


Practice paragraph for WOK 3: Imagination plays a key role in understanding others. In horror movies, people tend to find scenes where there is a prolonged wait for a jump-scare to occur extremely scary, as they do not know what is about to happen. Their imagination causes them to consider many different possibilities, and all these possibilities increase the fear that the viewer feels. The viewer is also empathizing with the person in the movie's point of view, as they are feeling the world from their perspective, despite sitting in a comfortable chair watching a screen. They feel the same emotions, especially fear, as the people in the movies, but they are not actually in any danger. These emotions help the viewers of horror movies understand people, demonstrating that imagination plays a huge role in understanding others.


I propose the inclusion of the following essential question to the list: When should we use intuition over memory to acquire knowledge? I think that this is a very important question that strongly pertains to the Way of Knowing intuition, as well as relating to a different WOK reason. Intuition and reason are largely antagonistic WOKs, as intuition is quick and less accurate while reason in slower but more accurate. Though reason is probably much better to use for critical decisions, there are also many cases where intuition is more beneficial, especially when there is not very much time. Thus, I believe that this question belongs in the list of essential questions for memory, as it relates to the use of this WOK.

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