February 14, 2014

Building intuition

I am always amused when I see that so many are blinded by paradigms by experts” who parachute in. I see people take a simple problem and waste a lot of time fitting it into some framework developed by some author who made the original observation in a different context. I think we are constantly numbing our own intuition with quick fix knowledge” that give us 10 steps solution or some self improvement guides in similar vein.

I was searching for words to describe this feeling then I stumbled upon something that an American product designer (you probably have something designed by his company on your desk or pocket) said.

Coming back to America was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India. The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.”


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