Witch burning – are we still afraid to use intuition?

At the same time the printing press entered Europe, people began being burned at he stake for saying and doing things that couldn’t be proven logically, among other reasons. Rational printed thought prevailed, “where is it written?” would be asked when an assertion was made, “where is the research?”PrintingPress

Wisdom from hunches and gut feel, often associated with women’s ways diminished in value. Referred to old wives tales, or voices from the devil, people refrained from chancing a pronouncement that arrived from their intuition because they may lose face and/or their life. The logic-centered ruling class’s influence on the populace shaped popular opinion about intuition and this has prevailed for 500 years.

Cyndi Burnett, from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, is pursuing a doctorate on the subject of using deliberate intuition in the creative problem solving process, calling it another sense, like taste, touch, feel, etc. Management and leadership literature report that many C level execs use intuition to make important decisions and yet, their requirements of others often follow “in god we trust, all others must have data.”

Strong support of using intuition is coming from other fields of study as well. Is the populace ready for this? Will hunches become trustworthy in the future? Will leaders who use it be followed, questioned, or burned at the stake? I wonder.

With so many changes on the horizon and because we’ve never been where we’re going, we’ll be making up solutions that will influence our future. As we have no direct past frame of reference to rely on we may need to call more upon the 6th sense as a viable one.  What would happen if we did?

Many are weary of those who chance a gut feel decision or act on a hunch. Yet, these are identified with some leadership capabilities.  I wonder what the happy medium will be moving forward.

Your thoughts?

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