Intuition vs. Western Rational Thought

Walter Isaacson in his biography quotes Steve Jobs as saying:

Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic, it is learned and it is the great achievement of Western civilization. In the villages of India, they never learned it. They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not. That’s the power of intuition and experiential wisdom.

I know quite some people who base their decisions on intuition. Many of them are quite successful at what they are doing and they credit intuition for their success. A few of them go a step further and they are trying to teach intuition to others. Here's where the intuition edifice collapses as I'm yet to see any school based on intuition produce as stellar results as schools based on western academic tradition do.

There's one other common trait I see in people who are trying to induce intuition in others. They lack patience. Western rational thought is definitely much slower than miraculously jumping to conclusions, but it enables us to go forward together while intuition remains privilege of the few.

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