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“Intuition, huh?” My co-worker eyed the sketches for this issue’s cover story sitting on my looks-like-a-bomb-hit-it desk. Then she beamed with approval: “I depend on that for everything!”

Don’t we all? Yet it is startling to realize just how little focused, conscious attention we apply to the everyday decisions that ultimately shape the course of our existence. Cross the street or not? Trust the stranger or no? Many of our snap judgments work out well, but sometimes our hunches lead us astray. Psychologist David G. Myers describes the science behind “The Powers and Perils of Intuition,” starting on page 24.

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