Modern scientists and engineers often portray intuition as being heady, unscientific, and useless. Quite to the contrary, intuition is a practical tool that can be applied with scarce resources, immediately impacting well-being.
What scares some people about intuition is its apparent vagueness. People want facts and figures, but often happiness does not result from following the numbers. Complicating the matter, the advent of more evidence-based sciences like neuroscience, biomimicry, and robotics, increasingly emphasize physically measurable phenomenon. These sciences lead us to believe that the answers to all of our problems lie in technological solutions.
In defense of intuition, most human dilemmas remain unaddressed or unsolved by empiricism; it would be impossible to replace all of our intuitions with strict evidence. Often, when we part from the facts, the most enlivening connections are made. These speculative leaps can lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.
Here is Wikipedia’s modern definition of intuition. Notice the emphasis on problem solving: