Intuition As Our Sixth Sense Guiding Our Decisions

Intuition As Our Sixth Sense Guiding Our Decisions

While a machine was monitoring the brain of the “Patient X,” aged 52, he didn’t seem to guess faces randomly despite that he suffered from two kinds of cerebral hemorrhages which damaged the visual processing center seriously.

Although blind, the so-called Patient X correctly perceived some photographs on which there were faces expressing happiness, fear, or other emotions, with a higher percentage than it is expected from pure coincidence. Is this some kind of sight which lies right outside of the ocular vision of humans? Or, does it represent a type of receptivity which is still not recognized?

One person from the New South Wales University in Australia, named Dr. Alan Pegna, together with his investigation group in Geneva was quite amazed by the results which they saw in their study. At the time of the scan, the brain of Patient X showed some activity in the right amygdala. This reading has been identical to the one of a person that had an undamaged brain and who was engaged in this same activity.

According to many neuroscientists, this experience with this person from recently definitely suggests some kind of possibility existing – adding a sixth sense to the already existing five. However, for others, this is nothing more than a prelude of science to investigating what we already know well, and what we honor, which is intuition.

Even though intuition is not so scientifically recognized during this century, in the last several years, this ability’s acknowledgment gained momentum, particularly in the field of neurophysiology. This kind of capacity which helps us know about something that has still not happened, future events or upcoming changes which will happen in our environment was well-known around all the native peoples around this world for centuries and centuries – despite the long rejection from the skeptical scientific fields and circles.

Sixth sense or hypersensitivity?

After the tsunami in Asia during 2004, the government officials of Sri Lanka made some observations, saying:

The sea has brought up hundreds of human bodies, but there is not a single dead elephant. Nor is there to be found even one cat or hare … it is very strange that no animal deaths have been registered.

In fact, these observations raised several interesting questions: Are animals able to sense the imminent danger which comes? In what ways they escaped from this disaster?

Just several minutes prior to the tsunami, all the animals desperately escaped towards the higher island areas. Simultaneously, all those native tribes around the region, who had more than 60,000 years of contact with their natural environment, emulated the behavior of the animals and escaped to higher areas. All the inhabitants who escaped survived the harsh onslaught of the water.

How did the animals and indigenous people perceive this imminent danger? Will it be reasonable to give the suggestion that intuition has the entire responsibility? If it is responsible, then how does the enigmatic biological mechanism work?

Well, according to investigations, the indigenous people developed significant lessons from their living close to such an environment during the years. However, according to the investigators from the University of St. Louis in Washington, the key of the natives to anticipation definitely lies in some areas of their brains, which are called anterior cingulate. This particular section of the brain activates in such situations of changes in the environment, imperceptible to our conscious mind, and still needed for our survival.

However, understanding how the animals knew about the coming of the disaster is a much harder task. According to the suggestions of animal researchers, some clues like air pressure changes, the sounds of the approaching waves, or others, which humans cannot perceive, may help animals realize that danger is coming.

But, a lot of scientists believe that in such cases, and cases like the one of Patient X, there has to be another different method by which every life form may perceive the environment – different methods than by sounds, smell, vibrations, taste, or images. It was documented that the birds, and also some other animals, tend to leave the place just before a volcano erupts.

A dormant capacity

In fact, the primary experiment has been simple, and it consisted of about 40 volunteers, together with photographers per test. Ronald Rensink is this experiment’s director, and he works at the British Columbia University as the assistant professor of Computer Science and Psychology. He describes how some car accidents which were caused in some cases in which the responsible drivers didn’t see the other cars in which they crashed. Psychology Science journal published the study.

The participants were shown pictures of roads which refreshed with identical images. At some random moments, there were changes made to the images, such as removing, altering, or adding items, and the volunteers usually found those alternations hard to perceive.

The tests made required the subjects to press the buzzer when they notice some change happening in the images’ sequence. Several of them surprised others in the room as they asked the professor whether they need to press this buzzer when they see a change or when they feel that some change is about to come.

In fact, this drastically changed this investigation. The director of the experiment noticed that most of the participants not only realize immediately that some change has been made, but about one-third of them pressed the buzzer before some change was shown in the picture.

The study seems to indicate that intuition is an extrasensory way which helps us detect infinitesimal changes happening in our environment. Moreover, it also suggests that people are probably capable of perceiving stimuli, which is not possible to detect even with using advanced technological methods and devices.

The question is whether we can take some steps in order to improve our intuition and what would those improvements require? Also, why animals seem to have quite better intuition than humans?

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