we know more than we know

The focus of my Masters’ study was on intuition as a valid form of knowledge, and how we make space for that within learning organisations. Every time i read more research on this i want to go back and study more.

This article gives a broad overview of the current state of play in the research. Of course, Mary Belenky et al have been saying this for years…

This new study is certain to continue the scientific debate over the virtues of unconscious thought for difficult decisions. While the evidence for an emotional advantage remains tentative, it’s clear that the old-fashioned view of feelings is no longer tenable. For too long, we’ve disparaged our inarticulate instincts/hunches/emotions/intuitions as irrational and irresponsible, a vestigial legacy of our animal past. Thanks to this new research, however, it’s becoming increasingly clear that our emotions have a logic all their own, that our instincts are often rooted in the processing powers of the unconscious brain. The massive computational capacity of the Type I system – its ability to process thousands of bits of data in parallel – ensures that we can analyze all the relevant information when assessing alternatives. As a result, we’re able to make sense of the plethora of options in the toothpaste aisle, assigning each alternative an affective tag: the best option is quickly associated with the most positive emotion. We know more than we know – that’s what our feelings are trying to tell us.

Imagine if we took this seriously…