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23 March 2004 @ 02:17 am
What's the difference between intuition and assumption?
mundivagant on March 23rd, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
That's an easy one. An "intuition" later turns out to be right...
Zen_Cowboyjakeaidan on March 23rd, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
I think one is a component and the other is a result.

You can make an assumption based on intuition.
You can make an assumption based on the facts.
You can make an assumption based on extrapolation.

Or, you can make an assumption based on all of these and more.
Intuition is just another factor in the assumption making process.
Geek God-Kinggeekalpha on March 23rd, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
Don't forget that assumptions can also be based on projected ideals (that the one assuming has, but the target does not), goals, or insecurities, independant of the reflection on reality.

Also, assumption can be based on emotional states which are completely independant of anything having to do with reality (like writing in scripts of what someone else might say based on what the assumer feels at that moment).
Khirilkhiril on March 23rd, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
I think that at the time you have an intuition you acknowledge that it is not based on evidence and may be incorrect.

At the time you make an assumption there is no thought that you may be wrong.

Unless it's an assumption made for the purpose of a hypothesis, but that's a special case and not really the common usage.
Beththepresident on March 23rd, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
an assumption is something that is acted upon?
Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC)
People act on intuition too, though.
MeCrackermecracker on March 23rd, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)

Assumption is an act taken by you a choice to believe or do something.
1.The act of taking to or upon oneself: assumption of an obligation.
2.The act of taking possession or asserting a claim: assumption of command.
3.The act of taking for granted: assumption of a false theory.
4.Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition: a valid assumption.
5.Presumption; arrogance.
6.Logic. A minor premise

Intuition is a feeling you get whether you act upon it or not!
a.The act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes; immediate cognition.
b.Knowledge gained by the use of this faculty; a perceptive insight.
2.A sense of something not evident or deducible; an impression.
Pure Concentrated Evilmrsloane on March 23rd, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
Geek God-Kinggeekalpha on March 23rd, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
The difference is dealt with well above, but I think intuition is only reliable before there is an emotional stake in the outcome. That little voice that inexplicably says "bad stranger," for instance. It is not so relable as "intuition" once there is already an emotional subtext and history in a situation. The inner voice, at that point, is already influenced by many other unrelated factors, and one can't get quiet enough (free of fear, insecurity, and past injuries) to hear uninfluenced "intuition."

I always listen to my intuition when it is uninfluenced. I rarely listen to it when it is far more likely to be a blast of fears and insecurities out to get me.
Kburgunder on March 24th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
Whether assumptive or intuitive, you managed to address the actual question I was pondering but didn't want to give full context for. Interesting, that. :)
William Blake Yonderwbyonder on March 24th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
I think intuition is an idea, assumption is a belief.