Investigating Unstable Intuitions

I’ve discussed a technique for investigating your subconscious intuitions. A main way you know about intuitions is they like some things and dislike others (and have no opinion on others). Even if they won’t explain themselves in words, they express opinions – that’s a main way that you know they exist. The opinions are often simple, like positive or negative without explaining reasoning. So you can ask questions and consider scenarios. By getting your intuition to give its opinion on many scenarios, you can get a lot of information about the intuition (including finding out some scenarios it has no opinion on which aren’t relevant). You can imagine a scenario, then repeatedly change one factor at a time to see which factors affect your intuitive responses. It’s kind of like deriving the formula for the intuition by feeding in a bunch of different input data and seeing the outputs.

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