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Goldilocks Principle and why Intuition is the Human Superpower

Discussion in 'Psychology' started by Ruryse, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. Ruryse

    Ruryse Active Member

    Many animals have special abilities, for example the excellent olfaction of dogs, or the magnetoreception—sensing magnetic fields and using this sense for navigation—of certain birds and rodents. But what about human beings? What might be their superpower?


    Certain type of track and field athletics, specifically mid to long distance running and walking can either pretty much destroy testosterone levels or actually increase them, depending on the amount of training. This is an important aspect of the overall energy level and thus, the performance of a man. Not so long ago, there was a guy—atypically muscular for a middle-distance runner—called Alan Webb, who still holds the one mile US record he ran in 2007. He mentioned how his training was similar to the tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" in this article.

    His training worked the best when he and his coach got everything just right without overtraining, just like how in the tale Goldilocks tastes the three bowls of porridge and one is too hot, the other one's too cold, and finally she selects the one with the temperature being just perfect. There's a so-called Goldilocks principle in science describing this very thing.

    In the real world, nothing can be calculated and forecast beyond limits—a certain margin of error and time interval. It's because things—including everything from the body of an athlete to weather—are in constant, chaotically random change, interconnected with everything else in the great infinite universe. Because of this, people with better intuition skills will clearly be at an advantage; they will be able to feel when they're in the "Goldilocks zone" better.
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  2. softboober

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    How do you measure this and if it's a superpower, why didn't this ability adapt more extensively and more evenly within the population? Don't animals also have intuition?
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  3. Ruryse

    Ruryse Active Member

    There are implicit memory and implicit learning (both are related to unconsciously, unintentionally collected information) tests. They're combined with neuroimaging to confirm that the corresponding brain areas—the ones associated with intuitive cognition—were active.

    I think it's because it's evolutionarily costly to have both a highly developed Analytical-rational system and a highly developed Intuitive-experiential system (check Seymour Epstein's Cognitive-experiential self-theory). Such people are certainly outliers. Remember your findings on artistic vs. scientific creativity and the threshold hypothesis.

    I think the predominantly instinctive behavior of animals show that it's mostly of what they have. Compared to humans, it's their levels of adaptability and flexibility that are recognizably different.
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  4. Ruryse

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    The immediate feeling I get from a person—before verbal communication takes place—regarding whether they come off as unsettling or reliable/altruistic is intuition at work.
  5. Ruryse

    Ruryse Active Member

    Here's intuition done the hunter-gatherer way:

    What they call speculative tracking is a highly intuitive process of trying to predict animal movement and location. You can read more on the art of tracking—including speculative tracking—in this article.

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