Music, Intuition, and Psychiatry A Tract Book By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2006 by Anthony J.

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Psychiatry purport to tell us that which is psychotic or unreal. Philosophy does the same thing. Philosophy, particularly, metaphysics, has traditionally been the academic discipline assigned the job of dealing with “the real.” Let us take as a starting point in our discussion the idea of persons who are tone deaf, on the one hand, or who have an ear for music, on the other. Let us imagine our typical psychiatrist who happens to be tone deaf. This psychiatrist will undoubtedly conclude that tonal harmonics are an example of psychosis. The idea that different musical tones can form a harmony will be seen as a schizophrenic delusion. Philosophy, on the other hand would probably start with phenomenology. Phenomenology starts with lived experience. After talking to a couple of musicians who have an ear for music, a phenomenologist would conclude that music and tonal harmonics exist. If a

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phenomenologist would then come across a person who cannot hear tonal harmonics, the phenomenologist would in all likelihood conclude that that person is tone deaf, not normative. In addition to music, there is intuition. Intuition is a cognative faculty which feels relationships in reality. Let us assume that our psychiatrist does not have intuition. Like the tone deaf musician, the psychiatrist is intuition deaf. Intuition is what distinguishes mere analysis from real intellect. Unfortunately the psychiatrist who is intuition deaf, will consider this state of affairs normative, and thus conclude that intuition is delusional or a hallucination. No, matter that Tony Bastick, in his book, “Intuition,” has reported numerous scientific studies confirming the existence and operation of intuition. I also argue that intuition is the basis for insight. Insight is a cognative faculty or operation which produces ideas from out of nowhere. As Archimedes said, “Eureka,” I have found the answer. Insight is commonplace among scientists, philosophers, and others, and is typically how new ideas come into being. As stated previously, insight flows naturally from intutition. I would argue that like an ear for music, intuition and insight are normative and at the very least should not be considered delusional, a

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hallucination, or psychotic by psychiatrists. Just because a psychiatrist does not have a cognative faculty, does not mean that it does not exist.

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