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Quote of the Week: Magnus Carlsen

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“Of course, analysis can sometimes give more accurate results than intuition but usually it’s just a lot of work. I normally do what my intuition tells me to do. Most of the time spent thinking is just to double-check.”

-- Magnus Carlsen, the number 1 chess-player in the world and the chance to obtain the highest rating of all time. Born in Norway, in 1990, Magnus became an International Grandmaster at the age of 13, the youngest at the time.

As quoted in the Financial Times, December 7, 2012, Lunch with the FT: Magnus Carlsen, by Martin Sandbu.

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Submitted by Abhilaksh Likhi on
That's a great quote! During my twenty years of experience as a civil servant in field positions in rural hinterlands and senior policy making capacities in Government of India I have found intuition to work wonders. 'Experiential wisdom and intuition' ( as Steve Jobs observes having visited several villages in rural India) enables one to imbibe that critical feedback from citizens so vital for realistic inputs in public policy formulation. I have therefore, during the course of my professional experience in government, completing my PhD thesis on participatory communication/community radio at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi and pursuing the Masters in International Public Policy at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University valued EAR (Ethnographic Action Research) whose essential building blocks are local knowledge systems based, amongst other factors, on intuition and experiential wisdom. If in depth analysis based on statistical data is thoroughly backed by inputs through intuition and experiential wisdom, results( including outcomes and outputs) would not only be accurate but reliable and holistic.

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