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The Intuitive Compass: Why the Best Decisions Balance Reason and Instinct by Francis P. Cholle

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Chapter 2

The Power and Purpose of Instinct and Intuition

No, no! You're not thinking, you're just being logical…

—Niels Bohr, Nobel Prize winner in physics

To date, our collective approach to human intelligence often relies on outdated concepts. The misplaced expectations we place on the ability of instinct and intuition to guide us in life often obliterates their original contributions. We expect intuition and instinct to give us black and white answers that logic can evaluate. It is simply not their function. Yet this misunderstanding of intuition and instinct, which is evident in questions like “Can I trust my intuition to make the right decision?” or “Can I rely on my guts to do this?” is often encountered in business. This in turn limits ...

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