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NiallUsing intuition as a means of understanding truth leads us to some very real problems, because how do we deal with the fact that some people intuitively believe "A" to be true when others hold that "B" is true, when "A" and "B" might be mutually incompatible. For example Jesus was the Son of God. (one belief) Jesus was a false prophet. (another belief).Now I suspect you will counter this by saying that this argument is a logical one and that intuition is of a different realm and immune to logical reasoning. But in the Universe of objective reality we know that opposites cannot be true. Jesus could not be both the Son of God and a false prophet. If we want to understand truth we have to choose. Is one person's intuitive reasoning better than someone else's is? Obviously not! What happened to the ancient Greek Pantheon that hundreds of thousands of people must have believed in? Were all those people wrong, or do those gods no longer exist because there is no-one left who believes in them? Or are Christians, Jews and Moslems all praying to the wrong gods? The inconsistent conclusions thrown up by intuitive arguments, clearly expose the fallacy of the equivalence of logic and intuition. It is a fallacy perpetuated in the theological colleges to justify their own existence. The ancient Greek religion was based on an origin myth, and if we are going to be consistent the modern religions have to be seen in the same light.However this still does leave one open question: can intuitive thought tell us anything about any world outside of objective reality? Does intuition have what I call "cosmic significance" in the sense that it might tell us something about a wider metaphysical reality? Clearly there can be no absolute certainty that what we see around us is the sum total of all reality. But given the human capacity for imagination, modern discoveries in the field of cognitive neuroscience, and with the judicious use of Occam's razor it looks monumentally unlikely that intuition can help us in the quest for understanding even here.
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