Overview of article
A survey based on a study researching the effects of intuition and evidence on decision-making conducted in America shows that 1 in 7 people agree with the concept “I trust my gut to tell me what’s true and what’s not” whereas only 1 in 10 disagree. It has become apparent that people view intuition and presence of evidence as two very different things.
Many people’s beliefs and conceptions are influenced strongly by politics and if the matter at hand favours what they believe, regardless of scientific proof or data. However politics isn’t the only aspect of influence, there are others such as the ‘illusory truth affect’ in which a person tends to believe something the more they hear it said. Alongside this there is also the idea of adding a visual which can stimulate either certainty or suspicion.
The study compared the difference in value between intuition and evidence and it was concluded that those who rely on intuition are more likely to support the idea of conspiracy theories whereas those who rely on evidence will focus on more accurately made ideas about politics and global issues. This having been said, there are some more positives aspects of using intuition to make decisions such as sometimes intuition is right and those who don’t use it can often make poor decisions. There are some who value both intuition and evidence and those who disregard them both so it’s entirely dependant on the person. Basically, those who tend to do a little extra research to back up any hunches they may have tend to come out with more accurate conclusions and this may be why their beliefs tend to be more accurate due to this extra effort to check the facts. Overall, intuition matters less than evidence, the study claims.
But why is evidence said to be more important? “The bigger the role evidence plays in shaping a person’s beliefs, the more accurate that person tends to be.” It’s said that those who have a greater scientific curiosity tend to have more accurate beliefs whereas saying something as simple as “think carefully” could impact someone’s ideas and lead them to become biased. However it isn’t yet clear why curiosity and attention to the evidence leads to better outcomes, while being knowledgeable and thinking carefully promote bias.
I think that both intuition and evidence play vital roles in the decision someone decides to make or what they decide to believe, but that ultimately physical and backed-up evidence would always make something more reliable for me. However as explored, there are many different opinions on this and each person’s views on any particular subject are different.