Mechanism of Intuition
AK Mukhopadhyay, 2018
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Intuition is a cognitive process with an outcome of downloading the right information, as required by the systems, from wisdom arranged in manifold in each and every point of nature. To have intuition the systems has to be in the state of intuition; within the subsystems of the systems there required to be vertical synchronization, absence of any horizontal bias and a within-without harmony. Intuition initially happens at the level of the psyche without or with the support of organ brain. The brain supports this process with its own dynamics and translates this intuitive information in behavioral response. This paper describes author’s opinion on the mechanism of intuition.
Intuition is a process leading to an outcome. The process is non-conscious. However the outcome is conscious. The outcome is the right information offering a practical solution to the systems. Albert Einstein used to do science on the basis of his intuition. Many emperors of the past and present-day politicians have reigned their kingdoms on the basis of their intuition (“gut feelings” and “hunches”). Accomplished spiritual leaders often offer decision on the basis of this intuition (“mystical insight” which is an affectively charged judgments). Intuition is beyond logic and reasoning. Logic and reasoning are often studded with metaphor. Both have a metaphor map in their structure . Intuition is completely free of any metaphor. In fact, intuitive knowledge modifies and resets existing logic and reasons. Robert Campbell has described how intuition and logic have shaped human evolution . For all practical purpose, intuition is a conclusion with a sense of certitude on the basis of little information and without any aid from senses, incubating thoughts and reasoning. In contrast, incubating relevant thoughts are essential for insight. In intuition, nothing is left to be censured. Intuition is already censured and carved out as a final and certain product. Intuitive information is always accurate and right as required by the systems for a practical solution of the problem, the systems might or might not have encountered once. Intuition could also be a designated way of nature-consciousness to use a primed system for delivering a practical solution necessary and sufficient for many systems’ survival, growth and evolution. One system’s intuition might often work counterintuitive for others, which initiates churning and transformation of the society the systems belong to. Intuitive process is non-conscious and the outcome of intuitive process is sudden, unpredictable and immediate, but is always all-inclusive and holistic. The outcome, intuitive information, makes the systems instantaneously conscious of it. Intuition thus defies decision-theorist’s postulation that accuracy of decision is often inversely related to decision speed . A good review on intention is more than 20 years old . The mechanism of intuition is yet to be known. Vaughan  stated that intuition is “……knowing without being able to explain how we know”. However, intuition is not privy to human beings. It happens in all living creatures possessing an organ called psyche. Following is an attempt to decipher the mechanism of this subjective (first person’s perspectives) intuition from third person’s perspectives as required for doing science. We will first consider its mechanism at the psychic level and then at the context of the brain dynamics and finally in the context of cerebral cortical dynamics.
Mechanism of intuition at the psychic level
To have intuition, the system has to be in the state of intuition. What described below is how this state is achieved from the canvas of consciousness. In author’s earlier paper , the composite model of psyche, its structure and operation have been discussed. Consciousness, self, life, mind and information are constituents of psyche, each of which has a specific operation and joint operation with one or the other member. Joint operation of self and mind with retrieval of requisite memory results in intelligence. Intuition in this context may be looked as intuitive intelligence. In genesis of intelligence (Table1), when memory is confined to only informational memory, the intelligence generated might be called ‘dry’ intelligence! When episodic memory stored within self also contributes to the development of intelligence, what results is ‘moist’ intelligence. If during this recruitment of memory, life-tested experiences are also involved, the intelligence becomes enriched and emotionally ‘juicy’. Finally, with involvement of operation of consciousness in such genesis, intelligence appears “crystallized” as intuition .
The base of the canvas from which intuition originates is consciousness, which operates in layers. Supporting consciousness sup-ports i.e., upholds autonomous operations of mind, information, self and life. Participating consciousness contributes for those operations in need. Intervening consciousness censures with the razor of “no” if anything is wrong for the systems. Creative consciousness experiments and creates. Intuition is thus a product of creative consciousness, intervening consciousness and participating consciousness while supporting consciousness has been the upholder of the joint operation of self, life, mind and information and all are in absolute agreement with the final output. Information within wisdom-manifold of nature-consciousness is translated as intuitive information while the psyche remains in the intuitive state.
To sum up, physical signaling systems including data and facts are supported and supervised by intelligent mind. ‘Self’ and ‘life’, in turn, support mind. Mind reports to self and gets its strength from life. Self and life are supported by consciousness, which frequently participates, occasionally intervenes and rarely does experiment for new creation from the wisdom manifold in its ground state. In-tuition is the final product where all the elements of psyche are in absolute agreement in the stated context. Intuition, therefore, is a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual amalgam where reasoning (self, mind, information, memory), feelings (self, life and mind) and instincts (life, consciousness and self) concur with the worldview in the context.
In a unicellular organism, protein molecules at the junction of cell membrane and cytoskeleton coordinate the intuitive state. Cell membrane takes care of the environment and cytoskeleton coordinates the subcellular organelle such as nucleus, mitochondria, and lysosomes with the cell membrane.
Mechanism of intuition and the whole brain information dynamics
The brain neither generates consciousness nor uses consciousness. It is consciousness, which uses brain for its manifestation. Psyche remains the interphase between the ‘within’ and ‘without’ of the systems brain. The whole brain of the organism has to support this psychic mechanism of intuition and translate this into behavior.
The information dynamics of the brain grossly follows a vertical hierarchy along with a horizontal balancing act. From below up-ward brainstem, diencephalon, limbic brain and cortical brain are parts of this vertical hierarchical information dynamics of the brain. Evolutionarily this is the hierarchical systems-nesting of reptilian, mammalian and neo-mammalian (human) brain, the “Triune Brain” as described by P. D. MacLean. Right and left cerebral hemispheres are participants in the horizontal information dynamics of the brain. That left and right brain are different in their functions was proven by split-brain experiment of Roger Sperry in 1970s. However it is yet to be found out whether the two halves of the brain process different kinds of information or process it differently (digital/analog/ holographic), or their circuitries of processing, feed back and feed forward loops are different! How during the process of intuition, these two halves of brain concur!
Usually for all ordinary non-conscious circumstances there is no observable cosmo-cortical (outside-inside, within-without) communication. However, the author is of the opinion that for any conscious happening within the brain or for conscious output from the brain this cosmo-cortical communication is required. This is in agreement with the view of Hippocrates, the father of Modern Medicine, who thought that the brain is supportive and transmissive for consciousness.
During the process of intuition, the brain is surely ‘open’ to supracortical domain for information at the nature’s Point of wisdom. Intuition is the result of brain dynamics in the context of this Point of wisdom-manifold in nature through the interphasing of psychic operations. In this brain-state there is synchronization of vertical hierarchical information brain dynamics. There is absence of any hemispherical bias. There is cosmo-cortical (within-without) harmony! This is the state of intuition of the brain (Figure 1) when the intuitive information could be translated into behavior.
About The Point
This is not any specific, special or certified Point! It could be any point in nature; here, there, anywhere! All information is packed at this point. Not merely information, all developed knowledge, all built-up experience and the universal wisdom are condensed at this point. If one has the downloading apparatus and possesses the skill to download this, one can have access to any of them. All signals eventually vanish here. All intention originates from here. Holistic universal sensor works from this Point. The Point has unparallel censuring property. Finally, from this Point emerges the Governing order of nature. Compare in the ladder of cognition; signal is non-intentional. Information is intentional. Knowledge acts as sensor. Experience has enormous censuring ability, and wisdom governs the systems.