Journal of Futures Studies

Intuition, Rationality and Imagination

by Marcus Bussey

Introduction

For too long a shallow empiricism has blinded researchers to the greater potentiality of
human perception. Even qualitative research, which implicitly accepts the transperceptual
possibilities of mind, is shackled to empiricism. This paper will argue that intuition is a
cultural resource and that when practiced rigorously, researchers gain access to rational
processes that extend the sense making possibilities denied us via a narrow empiricism. The
paper thus seeks to extend, not over-turn, empiricism, in the same way that qualitative
research extended it from the 1960s on. The focus is on how researchers can access the kind
of information about the world that we need to foster transformative agency and insight.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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