Surf with me! (part 2)

September 23, 2015

Surf with me will be an ongoing collection of key research and references for the Innovators’ Program challenge of how we might teach art thinking?.

During the last weeks we have been interviewing and surveying many different people (perhaps including you!) to see if we can find some common links in the way that artists think.

Something that has come up as a recurring theme is the use of intuition. Intuition, otherwise often referred to as a ‘gut feeling’ or ‘hunch’ is a way of understanding or acquiring knowledge without consciously reasoning.

We are inviting you to come surf with us through some interesting links related to intuition:


Marta Sinclair (editor) ‘Handbook of Intuition Research’, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011

“Recent research into the role of emotions and expertise also indicates that intuition is more contextual than we thought. It refers to both how we interact with our environment and what transpires inside us.” 


Christof Koch ‘Intuition May Reveal Where Expertise Resides in the Brain’, Scientific American, April 9 2015

Intuition is the name we give to the uncanny ability to quickly and effortlessly know the answer, unconsciously, either without or well before knowing why. The conscious explanation comes later, if at all, and involves a much more deliberate process.”


Daniel C. Dennett ‘Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking’, W. W. Norton & Company, 2013

“We can use thinking tools, by the dozens. These handy prosthetic imagination-extenders and focus-holders permit us to think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions.”


Patrick Schwerdtfeger ‘Learned Intuition’, TEDx SacramentoSalon,  September 12 2013


Hope you enjoy!

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