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Intuiting can be conceptualized as a way of 'direct knowing', that is, knowing "without any use of conscious reasoning" (Sinclair & Ashkanasy, 2005: 357), through a process that seems to bypass sequential (i.e. step-by-step) reasoning. Although the terms 'intuiting' and 'intuition' are often used interchangeably, it is important to differentiate between them. While intuiting is the process of 'direct knowing', intuition is the outcome of this process. Top professionals in any area of expertise, including scientists, engineers, business managers, musicians, chefs, athletes, and designers, are esteemed precisely for their 'sense of the game' in their domains, even when formally they are recognized for performance. Yet, until recently, it was mainly philosophers who advocated for intuition, while the scientific community was wary of it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
EditorsJames Mattingly
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Apr 2021


  • intuition
  • creativity
  • intuiting
  • direct knowing

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