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Comment author: Jayson_Virissimo 10 June 2010 09:02:25PM *  8 points [-]

I do know why I trust my intuitions as much as I do. My intuitions are partly the result of natural selection and so I can expect that they can be trusted for the purposes of surviving and reproducing. In domains that closely resemble the environment where this selection process took place I trust my intuition more, in domains that do not resemble that environment I trust my intuition less.

Black box or not, the fact that we are here is good evidence that they (our intuitions) work (on net).

Comment author: tommyjohn 18 November 2011 10:27:32PM 0 points [-]

So then anything that has evolved may be relied upon for survival? It is impossible to rationalize faith in an irrational cognitive process. In the book Blink, the author asserts that many instances of intuition are just extremely rapid rational thoughts, possibly at a sub-conscious level.

Comment author: Ben_Jones 13 February 2008 09:20:18AM 1 point [-]

...the encounter of an immovable object with an irresistible force...

Reread me Caledonian - this is a problem with logic; not a problem with language. You had no problem expressing it verbally, so it's not the kind of thing I'm talking about.

Comment author: tommyjohn 18 November 2011 09:58:30PM 0 points [-]

Is this a problem with logic or a linguistic expression of a paradox?