Intuitive decisions then are also based on qualitative data mining over time. When we subconsciously recognize patterns, the body starts firing neurochemicals in both the brain and gut. These “somatic markers” are what give us that instant sense that something is right or wrong. Not only are these automatic processes faster than rational thought, but your intuition draws from decades of diverse qualitative experiences (sights, sounds, interactions, etc). It’s also faster than rational thought, which means intuition is a necessary skill for successful decision-making.
The lesson here extends beyond philosophy. Reality is categorized in our mind by words. That’s how specialization is born. We move from a general observation through our senses and then we divide this observation into specializations like philosophy, psychology, economics, and art.