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The following comments were contributed regarding the idea that intuition is a pattern recognition algorithm operating in a combinatorial coding space.

"Hello - thanks for your website. I am a currency trader trying to understand why even the fathers of algorithmic trading allow for discretion and more importantly why I feel like I recognize patterns with nothing but price data and yet have no way of proving it. Your explanation of intuition seems perfectly logical."
A Currency Trader

“Thank you for the book! .... I like both your ideas and your style;every small chapter has some valuable concepts, along with well-designed examples! As it happens, I generally do not agree with the classic distinctions of feeling from thinking -- but here that may be just a matter of words, because I think that you have well described many aspects of how our minds manage to deal with the world. ...... congratulations on a great deal of unusually clear and productive thinking!” 
Professor Marvin Minsky, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Significant contributions to AI, cognitive psychology, mathematics, computational linguistics, robotics, and optics.

“........ website is very helpful for many levels of interest. ........ is making an important contribution.” 
Dr. Larry Vandervert. Founder and Professor of the Department of Psychology, Spokane Falls Community College, for 31 years. Published works on creativity, on child prodigy, on universal grammer, on language acquisition, on chaos theory, on quantum theory, on mathematics, on systems theory, on science.

".......... If Buck got the Nobel Prize, how can you say we're neglecting her work? But good point, there's definitely convergencethere." Refers to the suggestion that the scientific community had completely neglected the importance of combinatorial coding. But, convergence is acknowledged between the phenomenon and pattern recognition by the mind.
John Horgan, Author, "Can A Single Brain Cell Think?" Article in Discover magazine.

"........... fascinating and ought to help researchers in many areas – artificial intelligence, the human brain and human psychology. That the human mind can process all kinds of information with such speed is perhaps not surprising .......... the algorithm seeks to explain how it does that. If this knowledge can enable people understand, control and channel their emotions better, that would be a great step in improving our collective well-being."
Dr. B. Nanjamma Chinnappa, Formerly - Senior Advisor, Statistics Canada; Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University; President, International Association of Survey Statisticians; Statistician, Indian Statistical Institute; Member, International Statistical Institute & The American Statistical Association; Editor and Author, Business Survey Methods (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics), and co-author of the translation of Pattole Palame (on Kodava Culture).

"............ A highly commendable intellectual endeavour, which can provide leads to researchers in artificial intelligence, cognitive sciences and advanced computer systems."
Dr.K.Sundaram, PhD., Formerly - Head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Madras, Principal Contributions in Bio-Physics and Computer Science at the University, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and at NASA, U.S.A.

" .............. The concept of an intuitive algorithm may provide us a key to the mechanisms and working of the human brain and the concept of "MIND."
Dr.K.Jagannathan, MD DTM FAMS, Consultant Neurologist.

"........... The tenet of The Intuitive Algorithm raises innovative and interesting questions on the very basis of intuitive thinking."
Dr.Prithika Chary MD DM(Neuro) PhD (Neuro) MNAMS (Neuro) MCh (Neurosurgey) Neurologist & Neurosurgeon. Recipient - Indian Council of Medical Research Award for Outstanding Woman Scientist of The Year 1982.

“.......... A very novel and thought provoking attempt to explain the intuitive thinking ability of the human mind. The concept has exciting signpost potential for future research in the field.”
D.J.K.Cornelius, B.E., Chairman, Technical Advisory Group for Science and Technology in Mission Mode, Mental Retardation Division, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, Member, Governing Council, National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Founder Member and former President, Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu.

“....... It is difficult for me to find enough words to sufficiently appreciate the efforts that you have made in developing the idea contained in your book.”
Pankaj Dewan, Commander in The Indian Navy, responsible for maintaining one of its large scale database applications and networks.



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For my peace of mind, I earmarked 20 minutes for meditation on the terrace. With my eyes closed, I sense my hands on the chair and feel the numbness in my feet.

I feel my breath flowing through my nose, my throat, my chest and my stomach. I can hear the chirping of birds, the phut phut of auto rickshaws, the occasional roar of a truck and the insistent hooting of horns.

The wide sky and the treetops come to my attention, when I open my eyes, I see a pale moon over two hundred thousand miles away. I see the nuclear fires, blazing for millions of years in the pale globe of the setting sun. I see a single star millions of miles away in space.

I can see green shoots coming up on a tree, watch the dives and swoops of birds, the great circles of the hawks and flocks of birds flying home for the night.

Diffused light from the sun reflects off a parrot on the tree and enters my eye through a pinhole opening. I sense the bustling mood of the bird, even though it is smaller than a drop of water in my eyes.

All these things are seen and felt by me in a few brief minutes. In the distance, is the head of a man seeming to be no bigger than a pea. Yet, that head too sees and feels such things. Ten million people in this great city see and feel in ten million ways.

My mind wanders to a misty view of postwar London; an exciting glimpse of Disneyland. An awed view of Tiananmen Square. The looming Himalayan ranges. My mind takes me to distant galaxies.

It carries me into the heart of millions of invisible neurons, where electrical charges flash thousands of times a second powering my contemplation. I see the campaigns of Julius Caesar and Alexander. I feel the longings of Jehangir.

Already my mind has taken me to palaces, battlefields and even the stars. If I lost everything, but can just see and feel, in just a few brief minutes, my mind can travel the world, or imagine the cosmos.

While my thoughts wandered far and near, the thought "20 minutes is a long time" also kept floating in. And yet, life has already blessed me with over twenty million waking minutes! I have an infinity of time on my hands. Have I a right to expect more from life?

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