Re: virus: Reason and Intuition (was: Belief and Knowledge)

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 16 Jul 1997 09:35:26 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 15 Jul 1997, David McFadzean wrote:

> At 03:22 PM 14/07/97 -0700, Tim Rhodes wrote:
> >As I understand it (the dreaded weak link in all this), "reasoning" is
> >something that is done by a conscious mind.
> To me that is akin to saying that you need an airplane to fly[1]. Sure,
> we humans can fly farther and faster than anything else with technology
> like ram jets, but animals have been flying for millions of years before
> humans arrived on the scene. Likewise, animals have been making logical
> decisions based on uncertain information for millions of years before
> anyone "invented" boolean logic.

It's that weak link of mine again. I don't know how to define reason,
that's not my field, but...

> >"Intuition" may be a better term for this process. Or perhaps someone can
> >offer an even better term.
> Intuition certainly counts as the subconscious variant of the process
> we are trying to name here.

That's good enough for me. If we can use intuition to mean subconscious
processing, then I'll let you define reason however you wish. :-)

-Prof. Tim