What is intuition? According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary intuition is the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought or inference. In simpler terms it means a fortuitous guess. Some call it a hunch or gut feeling. It is a knowing without knowing.
A quote attributed to Albert Einstein states
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
I feel very much like Albert Einstein in the belief that intuition is a cherished gift. So many times we fail to heed the warning of our intuition and make a decision based upon experience, biases, tacit knowledge or explicit knowledge. Let me just say that I am no psychologist or philosopher. I just have a lifetime of experience ignoring my intuition. I feel intuition is akin to animal instinct and more often than not will guide you in the right direction.
I also believe that intuition can be trained just like fighting forms. My hyper casual game Not Dragon, Dragon aims to accomplish this very thing.
The Original mode was built around this premise. It offers a strict binary decision(will talk more about this later). You either pick the door on the left or the door on the right. However, the disappointing aspect is there is no true negative reinforcement for picking the wrong door. The game ends
and you fade into obscurity. However, if your intuition is refined enough, you could end up on top of the leaderboard and become a world renowed psychic! Kidding, most likely you get bragging rights for a time and then someone will come along and push you down the leaderboard.
Anyways, I had a friend, who am I kidding. I have no friends. It was me.
I suggested to myself at lunch one day. I was like "note to self! Wrap a rubber band around my wrist then if I pick the wrong door stretch it as far as it will go and release it. This should cause enough pain to make me not want to pick the wrong door." I congratulated myself for such a brilliant thought.
I was able to procure some rubber bands from a coworker explaining it was for personal use. He didn't care. I went home and told my wife I just came up with the Not Dragon, Dragon challenge! It is going to be all the rage and go viral. I then proceeded to show her and my daughter. My intuition wasn't kicking in and I had developed welps on my wrist but I had to show them how it was going to work. They pleaded with me to stop as I was making them sick. Finally, my intuition kicked in and saved me. The wounds have yet to cicatrize but it has only been a day.