WOK Badge: Intuition SARAH SHARf-aldin

Should you trust your intuition?


Intuition should not be trusted as it can be influenced by a number of factors and question its accuracy. Humans are very susceptible to a range of cognitive biases that are built into the structure of our minds. In a study adapted by a professor at the University College of London, there is a cognitive bias towards men rather than women when presenting information. When presenting their information, the study stated that if a male was narrating the presentation rather than a woman, the audience would most likely be nodding in agreement because people naturally pay attention to a male voice. Humans tend to not only have a cognitive bias towards a male voice rather than a female voice, but also towards many other social factors such as race and class. This decreases our dependency intuition as our immediate insight into something without conscious reasoning is influenced by the biases built into the structures of our minds. Biases subconsciously inflict themselves upon you instantaneous thoughts, affecting their reliability. Cognitive biases can distort our intuitions about the world and decrease the amount of dependency that we can place in our intuition.



  • Sarah Sharf-Aldin
  • Alex Ait-Ettajer, Marwan Syed, Zoe Grout
  • Date: March 6 - March 11, 2017
  • Badge Title: WOK Badge: Intuition
  • Quick Thoughts

03/06/2017: Today, we are starting a new way of knowledge, intuition. I don’t really know much about it, but I am very interested to find out. Also, for this way of knowledge, since we don’t have very much time left, we are writing a TOK style paragraph as our project. I am very excited because I have never approached the project from this direction so it will be a new experience.

03/08/2017: Today, we were able to learn about how to write a TOK style paragraph. I am not really seeing much differences between the paragraphs we do in our regular English classes. Although, I have found that it is much harder to apply your TOK example to the knowledge question. We discussed the elective reading that we chose as a group prior to this class and discussed our knowledge question. I was able to finish my topic sentence and include my example but just have to write my application.

03/10/2017: To be completely honest, when my group chose to do intuition, I did not really know what it was. When I was given the opportunity to explore this way of knowing, I realized how interesting it was. I learned that intuition is our immediate insight into something without using our conscious mind. It your first thoughts when you are first exposed to something for the first time. The question that arises is how reliable and accurate is our intuition. Should we trust our intuition? Its reliability and accuracy can be questioned because it can be influenced by many factors such as biases, ones background, etc. In terms of our badge project, I have really enjoyed being able to write our paragraphs. Yes, the projects are a lot of fun to make and complete, but I also enjoy writing and putting my own ideas and thoughts on paper. I have pretty much finished my paragraph, though I feel like its not at its best point. I had some trouble just putting my ideas on paper and connecting my example to my knowledge question. Overall, I am enjoying the writing and reading process and am learning a lot about intuition.

Summary and Reflective Journal: Overall, I think that this was a great project that ran pretty smoothly. The project was very beneficial to trying to learn and understand the Way of Knowledge of intuition. We started off reading a chapter and trying to understand vocabulary terms to ending with a paragraph that provided a great insight on our knowledge question and the concept of intuition. At the beginning of this project, there was a lot of independence as one had to read and understand the chapter. Your group members were always there for support or any questions, but I felt as if you got out as much as you put in trying to understand the chapter. After taking the quiz, the project became a little bit more revolving around your group, but not as much as other project. For this project, we were only allowed to write a TOK style paragraph. The most difficult part of this project was definitely trying to connect your example to the knowledge question in the application section. This project was very interesting and I learned a lot about intuition.


Through this elective reading, I was able to understand and get a better idea about how our bias can subconsciously have a great affect on our intuition. This video provide its audience with many examples of how unconscious biases can get the best of our intuition based on a study that was conducted in the University College London. This was great elective reading to introduce us into the way of knowledge of intuition because it provide support for one of the knowledge question which is "should we trust our intuition?" It was very interesting to watch and I was able to learn a lot.


I chose this resource as an external resource because I felt as it relative and would be a great source to add to the existing elective reading list. This is an extension of the topic of how biases can influence our intuition. This source was related to one of the essential questions of this way of knowing, "Should we trust our intuition?" Within this article, we are presented with information trying to persuade us that our intuition can heavily affected by many biases. Its reliability and accuracy can be questioned because it can be influenced by many factors such as biases. It is subconscious because in the time frame that our mind makes its immediate insight, it does not realize that bias can stand in front of it. This was a very interesting approach towards the way of knowing of intuition.

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