Richard G. Petty, MD

A Sign of Intelligence

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“The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.”

–Marya Mannes (American Writer and Critic, 1904-1990)   

Intuition Guides Reason


“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”    

-Jonas Salk (American Biologist who developed a vaccine to help prevent poliomyelitis, 1914-1995)

Faith, Reason and Reality

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“I will be mindful of the first principle of our great period, never to rely on and let myself be disconcerted by reason, always to know that faith is stronger than so-called reality.”

–Hermann Hesse (German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet and, in 1946, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1877-1962)   

“The Journey to the East” (Hermann Hesse)

A New Kind of Guidance

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“Every advance in social progress removes us more and more from the guidance of instinct, obliging us to depend upon reason for the assurance that our habits are really agreeable to the laws of health.”       

–Emily Blackwell (English-born American Physician, and the Third Woman to obtain a Medical Degree in the United States, 1826-1910)

Integrating Reason and Intuition

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“People with high levels of personal mastery do not set out to integrate reason and intuition. Rather, they achieve it naturally- as a by- product of their commitment to use all the resources at their disposal. They cannot afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head and heart, any more than they would choose to walk on one leg or see with one eye.”

–Peter Senge (American Expert on Organizational Development and Head of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management, 1947-)

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