The Intuitive Lie The FALLIBILITY of our intuiton

Alexandre Ait-Ettajer

Marwan Al-Edrus, Sarah Aldin, Zoe Grout

Monday 6 March 2017 - Saturday 11 March 2017

WOK Badge: Intuition

The Intuitive Lie: The Fallibility of our Intuition



Though intuition may be useful in some aspects of life, we must never trust our intuition for final decisions.

With the rapid advancement of knowledge in all fields of science and arts, there are many times where we have to stop and think about how we think. The way we react and think without thinking is called Intuition. The unreliability of our intuition has been shown time and time again through our decisions in life. A popular example of how our intuition should not be trusted is the example of buying a bat and a ball for $1.10, the bat is worth $1 more than the ball. With this simple question, we ask how much the ball is worth and most people would say 10 cents. This is wrong and could be justified if a person had not used their intuition. More than 50% of people answered it incorrectly leading to the conclusion that most people's inherent intuition does not allow them to fully grasp a problem.

Due to our intuition not allowing us to properly think and process information, instead we must use our reflective system to process to make proper decisions. This is because intuition makes rash decisions that do not take into account all possibilities. Without properly formulated and thought-out information/judgement; our society would crumble from the basic pleasures and instincts of man. To trust our intuition is to trust our autopilot to not make mistakes and veer us off the course that we have chosen for ourselves.


Monday 11 March 2017

To start off with this is my 4th WOK that I have done and I think the last one that I am going to have to do. Which is great because these Badges are really stressing me out when it comes to the due dates and how everything is scored. I have already had to redo two of my WOKs and I do not want to do a 3rd. So hopefully this one goes well and I do not have to redo it.

The group that I have now was chosen this weekend, so we are comfortable with working with each other. Plus I've already worked with Marwan and Zoe on a project, I believe we did pretty well on that project. Though its an essay I believe that we will achieve what we want and will make it there.

We have also chosen a question, the question is "Should you trust your intuition?" We believe that this idea strikes down to the meaning of what intuition is. This is because intuition is such an integral part of our life that we do not notice ourselves relying on it. First we must define the most important word in that question, trust. What does it mean to trust, to trust is to rely and whole heartedly believe in a certain subject or topic.

Wednesday 13 March 2017

First, I must talk about the irony that is my quiz. I failed my quiz at first because of my confidence in the subject and thinking that I didn't need to think over the questions, this resulted me in getting 3/5 questions right. I believe this occurred due to my over reliance on intuition and is a real world example of why we must not trust our intuition. After a while I retook the quiz a little slower and thought through each question and got 5/5,

For the Elective readings, the first one that I indulged was a video by the Royal Society called "Understanding Conscious Bias". This video did not teach me anything new about the world around me. But it did help me further my beliefs in that we should not trust our intuition in any circumstance and we must ponder on the decisions that we take.

The Second Elective reading that I read was a book called "Thinking Fast and Slow." I did learn something from this though. I learned about the two sections of our brain and how they work together to think and feel. These systems are the automatic system and the reflexive system. The book goes into depth on why and how our brain works and the philosophy of thought.

Friday 15 March 2017

What have you learned so far?

I don’t think that I’ve learned too much about intuition and how it works through this way of knowing. But what I do think that I have achieved are questions that I can ask myself and ponder about. This is because I love to learn about the mind and how it works on my own time. Some of the questions that this WOK has lead me to ask are about our inherent intuition and about how much of that still affects us today. Also about intuitions that we learn while growing up, also about wether we can classify intuition in that sort of way. I have though learned that the world could be classified by the intuitions that we have on the world, this is because people with similar intuitions will usually give similar responses on the spot.

Assess your badge project (paragraph) as it stands now?

I think that as my badge project stands right now it is satisfactory. All I have to do now is perfect it so that I may be able to turn it in for a grade and feedback. I think that the thing that I need to enhance would be my evidence, as it feels lacking in substance. But this can be solved with simplifying the sentence and using more descriptive and entrancing language.

All I have to do now is create my Digital Portfolio and enhance my paragraph and I am done.

Extension Proposal

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I believe that certain passages in this book, or the book in general should be put as an elective reading. Though it is long, the book goes into depth about the two systems of thought that we have and the ramifications that come with these two different thoughts. The book also explores the philosophy of having a dual system brain and how this affects us and the world.

On a personal note, this book has aided me in my search for how the brain work and has been extremely helpful as a guide to find the answers that I want.

Commentary on Experience

I believe that I wasn't able to learn as much about intuition as I would have liked, but I was able to further my knowledge of what I believed and the experience led me to understand and experience the ramifications of my view on intuition.

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