Intuition: Logical Mind-Reading
“‘Les femes,” generalised Poirot. “They are marvellous! They invent haphazard–and by miracle they are right. Not that it is that, really. Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details, without knowing that they are doing so. Their subconscious mind adds these little things together–and they call the result intuition.”‘
I was thrilled when I read this statement by Hercule Poirot, because I am of the same opinion. It has long been one of my personal strange theories, but I had never heard anyone else propound it until two hours ago [two weeks now; this has been sitting in the draft box a while] — when I reached page 185 of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I don’t think intuition is some sixth sense, something magical — but neither is it superstition or baloney. It is the conclusions women draw from the huge number of subtleties they observe.
Mum sometimes says she can read minds. Sometimes it seems like it, but I am positive that she cannot. What she can do though, is pick up on countless nuances of a person’s behaviour that the rest of us don’t notice — and from them deduce what they are thinking.
Men look at incontrovertible facts, women work from countless nuances. They come to their conclusions by virtue of a vast amount of data which men cannot even see.
Not that they do this consciously. Intuition is not often done consciously; but that does not in the least mean that it is magical. Our nervous system works this way: it picks up on countless little details and tells our body how to act accordingly. We don’t think any of it out, we just know it. Likewise, women subconsciously reason based on the many nuances they observe.
Despite the huge number of details which women must sift through, they sometimes seem less logical than men; so while intuition is far more useful than reasoning based on “hard facts”, in my opinion it can be less reliable. Also, nuances are much more easy to misread than facts.
Throughout this discussion, like Poirot, I have generalised: I have said that women are intuitive and men logical. But I am sure that there are very logical yet unintuitive women as well as illogical, intuitive men. There may even be some super-humans who are both very logical and very intuitive.
As for which is better… who knows. I would like to have both.