Technology and Intuitive Knowing: The Forgotten Domain
The purpose of this paper is to present research applied in a psychological setting which demonstrates the value of a multi-modal technological approach to helping people learn and grow. Humans perceive reality via two very different pathways (Lazslo, 2004). Computer technology tends to only address one of these. Using both modes of perceiving the world, perceptual-cognitive and direct-intuitive, makes people more fully human. Individuals use intellect to analyze and soma to feel. This results in a more integrated holistic experience of knowing.
Information and communication technology is the primary focus of this research. The exponentially rapid advance in these areas of technology is staggering, doubling every 18 months according to Moore’s law. Since 1958, the beginning of the information technology revolution, the power of technology has focused mainly on perceptual-cognitive knowing.
Direct-intuitive knowing has largely been left alone in the digital age. Computers are unable to answer what it means for an individual to live an optimal human life. The cognitive order-producing part of the human brain has been overjoyed with what technology has been able to deliver but the deeper meaning-making structures have been left adrift.
This research asks bigger questions about what technology is not providing; the deeper soul questions that come from direct-intuitive knowing. It then goes on not to reject technology but invite us into a more expansive relationship that produces tools which balance our current one-sided perceptual-cognitive knowing paradigm with the intuitive. It’s time for technology to assist not only with entertainment and productivity but also to help rediscover what it really means to be human.
The methods used for this research are theoretical and quantitative analysis. Ideas from the fields of psychology, physics, and neuroscience are used to provide a foundation for this work. Data gathering is done via biofeedback devices, interviews, and self-report.
Keywords: Intuition, Soul, Integrated, Fully Human, Biofeedback, Holistic Knowing, Perception
Ph.D. Candidate, East West Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies