Ever know something without understanding how you know it? According to Google, intuition can be defined as:

  • The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning
  • A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning

Some people call it a “sixth sense” or a “gut feeling.” Many of us have experienced intuition. For example, did you ever have the feeling someone was watching you, and then look around to find that somebody was watching you?

Cases of intuition appear common and diverse. The processes by which they happen remain mostly unknown. The word intuition comes from Latin verb “intueri,” which translates as “to look inside” or “to contemplate.” Intuition is conceived as a type of inner perception, and some people trust their “gut feelings” as facts. In fact, some scientists contend that intuition is associated with innovation in scientific discovery.

Science cannot completely explain intuition. Intuition has been the study of psychology, a topic of interest in various religions and is a common subject of New Age writings.

Does the human brain have a special ability to acquire knowledge without conscious realization? Is it coincidence or a mystery of the human mind? No one really knows.