Intuitive, “divergent” and “convergent” thinking. The “analogical-intuitive-reticular” and “logical-formal-rational” horizon


Following this area of research, it is useful to mark the semantic link among knowledge, creative thinking and creative intuition. Creative intuition is an immediate cognition, perceptive «insight»: it is the act or faculty of knowing without the use of rational-logical processes. In this horizon, the term «insight» (in German Einsicht) means to see insight or «to see immediately» a solution: to define an immediate creative intuition with wich we can solve a problematic solution. It is the capacity to discern the true nature of a situation: the act or outcome of grasping the inward or hidden nature of things or of perceiving in an intuitive manner. Insight means «to see insight» a problem and understand the semantic relations among the principles of our knowledge. This cognitive process is connected to convergent thinking and divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. It is often used in conjunction with convergent thinking, which follows a particular set of logical steps to arrive at one solution, which in some cases is a correct solution. Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner, such that many ideas are generated in an emergent cognitive fashion. Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected and new connections are drawn and defined in our knowledge.