Remember a short-lived academic fad for “intuiting” stuff–that is, making it up as you go along–as a substitute for research and the collection of facts? I said “short-lived,” but really it’s still being done, big-time. They just don’t call it “intuiting” anymore.
There’s a whole lot of intuitin’ going on in government, these days. My stars, if they had to rely on facts to back up public policy, they wouldn’t last a day.
But this is how certain professors said we ought to study history, not so long ago–just “intuit” it. Who needs facts? They sort of muted that down when people starting asking who needs professors.