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The truly "unknowable" is a short and mostly irrelevant list.  Most folks who claim they must "go with their gut" are just being too lazy to actually do the investigation necessary to make an informed decision.

In fact, the world is so certain and predictable, we amuse ourselves by inventing unpredictability.  From the roulette wheel to the American football that will not bounce predictably, we must make a great effort to simulate random behavior.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2007 at 02:53:39 AM EST
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To be truthful, ;) I give ´gut knowing´ a much higher value than other people.  In my simplified view, I have gut, heart and head --or whatever you want to name them-- and real knowing comes only from the integration of the three.

I have a well-trained head, but I have come to question the value of rationality as the end-all we are used to assuming.  For one thing, every single one of us is on drugs, be it sugar, foodstuffs, contamination, coca leaves, caffeine, nicotine, etc., therefore, our logic is untrustworthy at any given moment.  Even in brainiac hours, logic does not account for good decisions, unless the heart is involved because they would easily be cold and  inhumane.  Then the gut still feels necessary, to round out and ground the whole process in some strange way.

Many times, as in tests, your first, gut guess is really the best and I have no idea why.  The gut instinct for me, sometimes gels a much better answer, faster than the head and heart, even if I always run it through all three, a moment later.

Don´t ask me to put it in technical terms, but I believe we should ´honor´, develop and use our gut sense a lot more than we do.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Sat Sep 15th, 2007 at 04:26:55 PM EST
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