Then again, if the syllogism were slightly (ahem), adjusted:
All men are mortal.
Socrates is mortal.
Therefore Socrates is a man.
it would be interesting to speculate on the intuitive
gymnastics that might come into play.
Often as not, intuition is a mere fig leaf
for just messing around, and shouldn't be taken seriously
- a sort of Adam and Eve meet Jacques and Raissa
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Subject: Re: Poetry and Intuition
> Intuition is another of those terms on which it is almost impossible to
> reach a shared understanding, so off we go again into the wild blue
> I prefer myself Susanne Langer's explanation.
> Consider the schoolroom syllogism:
> All men are mortal.
> Socrates is a man.
> Therefore Socirates is mortal.
> Suppose someone acknowledged that indeed All men are mortal and that
> Socrates is a man, but could not see that Therefore Socirates is mortal.
> That represents a failure of intuition.
> There is nothing mystical or poetic about intuition; it is just a very
> elementary stage in cognition.
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