Intuition and Storytelling
Intuition is a demonstration not conscious of knowledge that arises immediately and it is not available for processes of analytical or rational thoughts.
This outage is related to our inability to find a justification for certain decision-making that we call intuition. It is not instinct because instinct has no link with the past experience.
It is indeed the finest expertise in knowledge acquisition and provides tremendous advantages in solving complex problems.
The experience, knowledge and intuition nurture our senses which in turn help in the construction of common sense.
Being a good source of common sense intuition, enables us to easily induce conclusions and thus to provide an accumulation of empirical knowledge.
Use your intuition does not mean finding immediate answers and appropriate for all problems, but allows us, when we use it, to bring submerged experiments but important for decision making.
The importance of intuition has been observed in many decisions that have leveraged innovation and successful businesses in telling these stories we are transferring tacit knowledge, which otherwise would not be possible
The stories revolve around every aspect of a thorny thing that is intuition.
How can we trust and in whom we place our trust? How can we question the authority of a physician, a family member, or a system?
“Two physicians, one old and sage, the other young and tired, each miss the diagnosis of Groopman’s own critically ill infant on a hot July 4th. They miss this not because they were ill-prepared, ill-intended, or bad men, but because they failed to listen to the child’s parents. The child is saved only because his parents trust their own intuition that something is very wrong, and so they seek other help. A patient is spared quite toxic chemotherapy because Groopman feels there is less wrong with him than another physician thinks.
He remembers the teaching of one of his medical school mentors, “Don’t just do something, stand there.”
Patience, he reminds us, is the virtue that allows other virtues to flourish. A man with widely metastatic melanoma does not win a place in an experimental treatment study: the few spots available are chosen by lottery. The patient is given an alternative therapy that should not work, as a sort of consolation prize. The treatment he did not receive, viewed as “the Holy Grail” by researchers, proves to be a dismal failure; Groopman’s patient has an unprecedented response to the alternative therapy, and lives for decades beyond what should be expected of one with his disease.
The man’s mother interprets this as the agency of his guardian angel; Groopman and the patient stand mute in the face of a creation that is so inscrutable.
Groopman also mentions prayer-his own, over a dying father and a sick son, and those of his patients. He recounts a patient’s death while Groopman is absent from the hospital for High Holiday services.
Intuition does not come at any time, you sometimes need some sleep.