Intuition vs. Logic – March 31, 2008

What do you prefer: intuition or logic?  Remember the original Star Trek series?  There was a show episode entitled Obsession, where we find a memorial quote from Captain Kirk: “Intuition, however illogical, Mr. Spock, is recognized as a command prerogative.”  How do you think poor Spock – the Vulcan Aristotle of logic – felt?  In the Wiki online encyclopedia articles, intuition is discussed at, and  Logic is discussed at   Some say that intuition is just the logical churning of the subconscious, working on its logical formulations.

            Here is a “hypothetical” case.  Suppose someone mentioned my mom was born with the gift of prophecy.  In the Christian faith, she has a gift from the Holy Spirit.  In terms of the secular work, she would be considered a psychic.  Suppose she predicted who the next president would be, and had a knack for being right?  What would I do with this knowledge?  I would probably be quiet, and not say anything, until after the election.  So is she just following the skills of logic, to a degree, most people don’t follow?  Or is she really using intuition?  This is a good question, for a “hypothetical” case.

Randy Kemp


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