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Intuition Is An Eye-Opening Algorithm
Using Combinatorial Codes

You may not realize it, but your intuition is working all the time to help you navigate the world. Intuition is a complex and intriguing aspect of human cognition that has been the subject of scientific study for many years. Despite extensive research, the exact mechanisms behind intuition remain largely a mystery, with scientists struggling to understand our incredible ability to recall astonishing amounts of information in mere milliseconds. Despite extensive research, the exact mechanisms behind intuition remain an enigma.  Against this background, through my research on an expert system for diseases, I have uncovered a remarkable truth.  I realized that intuition concealed an algorithmic procedure, that enabled the brain to recognize patterns from stored human memory.

An infinitely large memory is a mandatory necessity for the incredible achievements of the human mind.  The nervous system has a working memory, episodic memory, implicit memory, and procedural memory. It also has instinctual memories of sensory experiences, and memories of survival strategies, accumulated over aeons. Memory storage systems in the brain have increased in power over millions of years of evolutionary history. As we grow older, with new experiences, the brain adds to this immense store of memories.  Intuition, an algorithm for pattern recognition, applies inductive logic on these memory systems, to recall contextual data in exquisite detail.  In just milliseconds, it recalls sounds, smells, images, and muscle movements.  Intuition enables microscopic differentiations among both objects and actions.  Intuition is what powers our consciousness, generates creativity, and even enables human integrity. 

The current memory research discoveries of science fail to explain the incredible precision of this massive memory storage and retrieval system.  The remembered responses to fear in the amygdala of rats do not explain the precision. The reported memory of changes effected by the molecules at synaptic junctions do not explain it. The reported long term potentiation at synaptic junctions do not also explain it. Yet combinatorial coding is reported to explain the recorded human ability to remember and differentiate between 1 trillion smells.  Combinatorial coding has been proven to be present in the visual, auditory, and olfactory systems. I believe that this same principle applies to other regions including the motor regions of the brain. Combinatorial coding in the axon hillocks of 86 billion neurons can support an infinite memory.

Intuition is an elimination algorithm.  It is the brilliant inductive logic evolved by evolution to the problem of survival. It draws conclusions from established knowledge stored in memories.  Intuition excludes memories which are not relevant to the current context.  The logic inhibits access to irrelevant data and focuses the mind on the exact memories needed for survival.  Anxiety requires knowledge of the sensory indications of danger. Fear demands a knowledge of escape routes.  Anger demands memories of muscular responses to battle.  Intuition restricts your vision and controls your response. When you are angry, you will feel convinced that you have every right to be angry. Fully justifying itself, intuition blinds you to any other viewpoint.  Nature's logic evaluates myriad known possibilities to choose one option for action. If the choice is to chew grass, the drive to quench thirst is instantly inhibited.

Learned and inherited combinatorial memories at axon hillocks can explain the incredible swiftness and grace of the gazelle.  When a motor neuron fires to contract a muscle, the neurons of all opposing muscles become inhibited to avoid conflict. Each motor neuron also has up to 20,000 feedback/feed forward links with 60,000 other motor neurons. For coordinated movement, each motor impulse must follow evaluation of 20,000 other neuron decisions. This happens up to 10,000 times a second. The speed and beauty of such control systems are present from birth for many animals.  This suggests infinitely large inherited memories that support learned combinatorial memories in axon hillocks.

The structures of science are built on definitions and reasoning chains. But, intuition can be incomparably superior to reasoning chains for pattern recognition. So many things known to scientists can never be explained through reason. Analytical logic cannot assess a great painting, or comprehend passionate poetry. It cannot identify between charm and dignity, or contempt and enmity. Scientific knowledge, is a mere subset of what is known to intuitive wisdom.  Intuition can be just as often wrong as scientific reasoning. But it girdles a wider horizon and is an incredibly powerful weapon for coping with the environment. Ultimately, it is their intuition, which enables scientists to build reasoning chains. 

The Secret Of Intuition
Can A Huge Memory Be Accessed Instantly?

The unimaginable size and scale of your memory far outclasses the memory stores of a computer.  It was estimated that if the DNA codes in the human body were written into 500 page books, those tomes will fill the Grand Canyon 50 times over! Your brain stores memories of evolutionary experiences from millions of years. It stores the sights, sounds and experiences of a lifetime. It stores the memories of thousands of habitual activities.

From this galactic store, your brain recalls just the image of a school picnic, or the complex hand movements of your signature - the same moment you think about it. Imagine that your intuition is this process, which assists you in all the problems you face in life.

The Secret Of Intuition
What Are The Paths Followed By Logic?

Imagine that intuition uses logic to retrieve data. Traditionally, logic follows either deductive, or inductive paths. All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore Socrates is mortal. That is deductive reasoning, where an accepted principle is used to draw a conclusion. In inductive reasoning, a number of established facts are used to draw a conclusion. Over centuries, all observed elephants are gray. So, elephants are gray. An inductive argument, however, is never final and is open to being falsified. The discovery of a pink elephant will falsify "the gray elephant theory." Imagine that both science and intuition use inductive logic.

The Secret Of Intuition
Is Reverse Reasoning Still Logical?

Traditionally, inductive reasoning uses the principle of inclusion. The gray elephant theory is a result of experience over time. If we see a gray animal, we will confine our search to a list of gray animals. Imagine that intuition uses the principle of exclusion. If the animal is pink, elephants are excluded from the search. Subsequent discovery of a pink elephant will make this induction wrong. But, if the reasoning that all elephants are gray is true, then the induction that a pink animal is not an elephant is equally true. Nerve cells become inhibited, if they fail to recognize a pattern.

The Secret Of Intuition
When You Dim Lights, Do You Highlight The Stage?

If the back of your hand is touched with a felt tip, neural activity takes place in the related touch sensory region of your cortex. Particular neurons begin to fire to indicate this sensory information. You will feel the touch. In the process, the surrounding neurons will become inhibited. This inhibition is strongest for those immediately adjacent to the excited neurons. Throughout the nervous system there are neural circuits which switch off other circuits when their own areas are energized.  Imagine that this phenomenon reveals to you the secret of intuition.  Intuition highlights messages by inhibiting information from non contextual sources.

The Secret Of Intuition
Can You Rule Out The Inapt To Identify The Apt?

Eliminating all unrecognized categories from a list is a quick way to focus the list on the answer. Neurons in the olfactory system store the inherited combinatorial codes of myriad smells. Over a lifetime, an animal adds millions more differentiated odors in codes. All cells in the system which fail to recognize the code of an encountered odor shut down. The active cells fire strongly to indicate the identified smell.

Visualize a routine, which searches a massive database in the blink of an eye. When you speak, an inhibition process swiftly combs your entire vocabulary, eliminating every unrecognized relationship to your idea. If it is furry, it is not an elephant. If it is gray, it is not a rabbit. If you are looking at a gray, or furry thing, it is not this page. If there are 100 cars, it is not your garage. Think of intuition as a process, which eliminates a galaxy of possibilities to accurately use each word, even as you speak.

The Secret Of Intuition
Has Science Solved The Search Enigma?

Scientific searches seek an exact match to identify a complex pattern. Back and forth searches grow exponentially as the search space expands. For science, it is impossible to search for subtle overlapping patterns in large spaces. So they never imagined it would be possible to swiftly and instantly search the mass of data in the mind. Science continues to follow the theory that the mind is a computational device. But, the mind could be recognizing patterns, using intuition.

The Secret Of Intuition
Does Life Demand A Single Choice?

As someone said "When a tiger bounds towards you, what should your response be? Should you file your toenails? Do a cartwheel? Sing a song? Is this the moment to run an uncountable number of randomly generated response possibilities through the decision rule?"  Imagine that inhibition works to eliminate alternatives for every decision of the nervous system. Animals cannot afford to freeze into immobility, unable decide between chewing grass and drinking water. Intelligent action, pivotal for survival, mandates a swift logic, which ceaselessly narrows possibilities down to a single answer. Nature's logic evaluates myriad known possibilities to choose one option for action. If the choice is to chew grass, the drive to quench thirst is instantly inhibited.

The Secret Of Intuition
Does Life Also Deliver Arbitrary Solutions?

Inhibition delivers swift answers. Inhibition of weaker signals inhibits even less active possibilities. This image is interpreted by your mind as either two faces facing each other, or as a vase. Logically, it is both two faces and a vase. Your system inhibits one idea to identify the other. Intuition may not always deliver logical answers. 

The Secret Of Intuition
How Does The Spreadsheet Deliver Instant Answers?

All nerve cells are known to be active in all regions of the brain, even when they do not appear to be actually participating. If a nerve cell is but a single entity in a multi billion processor system, why is it active when it does not need to process any data? Such activity is vital for the global evaluation of the mind. Even a spreadsheet follows the same routine. Any change in one cell is reflected in all the cells, even if there are a million cells. This is because entries in all cells of a spreadsheet are recalculated for each new input. With its ability to do millions of calculations a second, simultaneous recalculations enables the user to see the global impact of any change. Similarly, each one of billions of cells is tirelessly alert to events in the system, “recalculating” its inputs in the context of its own inherited and acquired memories.

The Secret Of Intuition
How Many Hints Of Danger Does A Militant Need?

Intuition finds answers from even slivers of data. For a militant hiding in a cellar, the movement of a few hairs could indicate a current of cold air from a stealthily opened door. That is a vital message, which will inhibit every other sensory input. Instant elimination of possibilities from a database of cosmic proportions would trigger his immediate recognition of danger. Unexpected meanings are derived for a soft whisper or a shifting shadow. With access to vast data, intuitive recognition needs imperceptibly small slivers of information to enable recognition.

The Secret Of Intuition
Is Human Wisdom Inherited, Or Acquired?

Learned and inherited combinatorial memories can explain the incredible swiftness of animal motor controls. When a motor neuron fires to contract a muscle, the neurons of all opposing muscles become inhibited to avoid conflict. Each motor neuron also has up to 20,000 feedback/feed forward links with 60,000 other motor neurons. For coordinated movement, each motor impulse must follow evaluation of 20,000 other neuron decisions. This happens up to 10,000 times a second. Think of intuition as the swift process of recognizing the right combination (Nobel Prize 2004) of the 20,000 inputs from other muscles, which causes each motor neuron to fire or be inhibited. Consider intuition to be the intelligent recognition of combinatorial patterns.

The Secret Of Intuition
Why Is Confidence Critical?

Your mind has immense knowledge, stored as coded answers from myriad evolutionary and real life experiences. With such global access, the system swiftly evaluates trillions of pages of that wisdom to locate competent answers. But, to win, you need to be aware that you are so equipped. That self assurance is crucial. The eliminative search process wisely discards “impossible” solutions from its search. If you think it is impossible, you will not think of it. It is confidence, which can prevent many winning solutions from being so excluded. Confidence is the key to a good life. Listening to intuition delivers the wisdom of your mind.

The Secret Of Intuition
Why Does Intuition Offer A Blinkered View?

But, the elimination routine has its limitations. From the extensive knowledge in your mind, intuition eliminates all out of context items to reach an answer. If something you know does not suit your current emotion, that data is also eliminated at the outset. Your mind eliminates all data linked to conflicting emotions. It narrows possibilities to the answer, which is appropriate to the current emotion.

If you are angry, it eliminates all positive views of your opponent. You have no awareness of such elimination. For you, the reduced list of possibilities is the truth. So, emotional decisions become irrational. Because of this emotional weakness of intuitive wisdom, science has founded its vast structures purely on clearly defined reasons.

Intuition can be just as often wrong as scientific reasoning. But it girdles a wider horizon and is an incredibly powerful weapon for coping with the environment. Ultimately, it is their intuition, which enables scientists to build reasoning chains.  This clue to the secret of intuition was published in 1989.  Almost three decades ago.  This website alone has had over 2,000,000 page views from over 150 countries.  Yet, the massive significance of the idea
 has not percolated into the scientific community.  Mainstream science is yet to  evaluate this idea, which turns their current theories about the mind upside down.

This page was last updated on 31-Jan-2023.