Quotes & Research
Whether it's called a hunch, gut instinct, intuition, ESP, or psychic ability, it's all part of the
Barbara McClintock, cell geneticst, Nobel laureate, mother of epigenetics:
- “When you
suddenly see the problem, something happens that you have the answer—before you are able to put it into words.
It is all done subconsciously. (She also used the word intuition to describe how she knew.) This
has happened too many times to me, and I know when to take it seriously. I’m so absolutely
sure. I don’t talk about it, I don’t have to tell anybody about it, I’m just
sure this is it." (A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock, by Evelyn Fox Keller)
Tom Peters, management consultant
and best selling author:
- “Leaders trust their guts. ‘Intuition’ is one of those good
words that has gotten a bad rap. For some reason, intuition has become a ‘soft’ notion.
Garbage! Intuition is the new physics. It’s an Einsteinian, seven-sense,
practical way to make tough decisions. Bottom line, circa 2001 to 2010: The
crazier the times are, the more important it is for leaders to develop and trust their intuition." (Fast Company Magazine #44, February 28, 2001)
Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and U. S. Army General:
- “Dig up all the information you can, then go with
your instincts. We all have a certain intuition, and the older we get, the more we trust it…I use my intellect
to inform my instinct. Then I use my instinct to test all this data." (My American Journey, by Colin Powell, 1995, p. 393)
Conrad Hilton, Founder
of Hilton Hotels
Autobiography, includes how Conrad Hilton used
his "Connie's hunches" to be successful in business.
- “I’ve been accused more than once of
playing hunches. Since I suppose I do and it sounds so mysterious, a little like following a
Ouija board or gazing into a crystal ball, and since I further believe most people have them, whether they follow
them or not, I’ve tried to figure out what’s in a hunch. I think the other name for
hunch is intuition…” (Be My Guest, by Conrad Hilton, 1957a, P. 196)
Tubman's psychic abilities:
Scientists, business professionals, musicians, artists, writers and more...on their
use of dreams in their work:
Examines the role dreams have
played throughout history, including how scientists, business professionals, military and political leaders, musicians,
artists, and writers have used dreams in their work, including:
Friedrich A. von Kekule, professor of chemistry at Ghent, Belgium, who revolutionized
organic chemistry from a dream. (p. 35-36)
Dmitri Mendeleyev, professor of chemistry at Saint
Petersburg, who developed the Periodic Table of Elemens based on a dream, predicting the existence of 3 elements
that were later discovered. (p. 35)
intuition has been used in history, how it works, and how to develop it. Examples of noted people who have
- Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle. Archimedes'
experience gave the author inspiration for the title of her book, "Eureka!"
- Albert Einstein: "My understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe did not
come out of my rational mind." (p. 29)
Carrell, Nobel Prize-winning surgeon/biologist: "All great men are gifted with intuition. They
know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know." (p. 59)
How writers use their dreams in their work,
including Stephen King, Anne Rice, Maya Angelou, & Sue Grafton.
Jonas Salk, developed the polio vaccine:
- "Reason alone will not serve. Intuition alone can be improved
by reason, but reason alone without intuition can easily lead the wrong way...That's why I think that there
is both an art and a science to what we do. The art of science is as important as so-called technical
science. You need both. It's the combination that must be recognized and acknowledged as valued."
(Interview with Jonas Salk, May 16, 1991, San Diego, CA, by the Academy of Achievement)