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May 1994

Guns, Common Sense, and Science-Reply

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Arch Neurol. 1994;51(5):450. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540170022011

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In reply  I thank Blackman for his comments. Edna St Vincent Millay is reputed to have said that when you publish something, it is very much as if you removed your pants in public. If what you have written is good, nobody can hurt you; if what you have written is bad, nobody can help you. I conclude from this wisdom that it is a mistake to respond with acrimony to criticism of one's work. Instead, I will comment on certain ideas, such as intuition, experience, and common sense, which Blackman has used somewhat promiscuously.Intuition is not a pejorative term. It is critically important in science, closely linked to induction and the "inductive leap," or the jump from observed particulars to general truths having a broader generality than the data on which they are based. Unlike reasoning, which is a discursive process, proceeding in steps, intuition is an immediate

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