Sel wroteClear thinking avoids reality.
Kismet wroteYou are joking, right?
Kismet, you are beginning to sound like a Texas Republican. Their current platform states they are opposed to the teaching of higher order thinking skills and critical thinking in public schools.
Altfish wroteI can only speak from experience... It seems to me, that when it comes to philosophy (and not practical, merely mundane matters) clear thinking is itself an impediment to thought. Intuition must triumph in the end, not reason. And intuition by its very nature is messier and unclear, unless it happens to come about at just the opportune moment.
Gottard wroteIf that is what you think, that explains alot. Wow
OK, big spoon to muddy the waters: to function in the world does not need both intuition and reason? Edison said that inventing was "10% inspiration and 90% perspiration", "inspiration" is close enough to ""intuition" for this purpose I think.Kisamet: personally, I compare my experience with other people's experiences - people of different cultures - just to understand where I am with my thoughts or beliefs. It is a sign of modesty!
I think that "intuition" is essential when dealing with people and can give us clues in other areas - though it may be confused with other innate skills and abilities - like De Bono's "lateral thinking" which seems to be based on intuition but I think is based on far more mundane mental skills, it just seems amazing that some can extract concrete reason out of seeming confusion or dissimilarity.
Could we exist without clear thinking, reason, without structure in our world? I don't think so - but it would be a sorry place if we sat and analysed, considered every idea or action before making it! For me intuition is largely backed up by reason, not the other way round. When time and circumstances allow one can delve into the abstract to back the concrete with profit.
Horses for courses!