Lois Isenman

Lois Isenman

Lois Isenman

After many years working as a biologist I realized that I approached my work differently from most of my colleagues. Eventually I recognized this was because I have a cognitive style that is unusually weighted towards intuition. As a Science Scholar at the former Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, I began trying to understand what intuition actually means and how it works. Quite to my surprise, I had a number of complex and revealing intuitions about intuition. Over the next number of years I explored the biological and cognitive mechanisms that likely underlie this mysterious mental capacity. The scientific and intuitive material have bootstrapped on each other to a surprising degree. The book I have written provides, among other things, a bridge between these two seemingly very different ways of knowing. It is titled Understanding Intuition: A Sense of the Whole. I maintain a personal weblog titled “Intuition In-depth: Bridging Science and Spirituality.” I have also worked with a series of Brandeis undergraduates to set up and maintain a weblog titled “The Bridge: A Science and Spirituality Resource.”

Current Projects

My area of study is intuition. I resonate scientific understanding of this compelling yet mysterious mental capacity with a number of intuitions I have had about it, such as its characterization as “a blink of the eye” (Isenman, 1997). I also examine the variety of different roles intuition can play in scientific endeavor.

Representative Publications

Isenman, Lois. “Understanding Unconscious Intelligence and Intuition: Blink and beyond.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 56, (2013): 148-166.

Isenman, Lois. “Trusting Your Gut, among other things: Digestive Enzyme Secretion, Intuition, and the History of Science (Part I and Part II).” Foundations of Science, 14, (2009): 315-349.