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Whether it's called a hunch, gut instinct, intuition, ESP, or psychic ability, it's all part of the psychic sense. 

Barbara McClintock, cell geneticist, Nobel laureate, mother of epigenetics:

“When you suddenly see the problem, something happens that you have the answer—before you are able to put it into words.  It is all done subconsciously. (She also used the word intuition to describe how she knew.)  This has happened too many times to me, and I know when to take it seriously.  I’m so absolutely sure.  I don’t talk about it, I don’t have to tell anybody about it, I’m just sure this is it." 

A Feeling for the Organism:  The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock
Evelyn Fox Keller

Tom Peters, management consultant and best selling author:

“Leaders trust their guts.  ‘Intuition’ is one of those good words that has gotten a bad rap.  For some reason, intuition has become a ‘soft’ notion.  Garbage!  Intuition is the new physics.  It’s an Einsteinian, seven-sense, practical way to make tough decisions.  Bottom line, circa 2001 to 2010:  The crazier the times are, the more important it is for leaders to develop and trust their intuition." 

Fast Company Magazine #44, February 28, 2001

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and U. S. Army General:

“Dig up all the information you can, then go with your instincts.  We all have a certain intuition, and the older we get, the more we trust it…I use my intellect to inform my instinct.  Then I use my instinct to test all this data." 

My American Journey
Colin Powell, 1995, p. 393

Conrad Hilton, Founder of Hilton Hotels:

Autobiography, includes how Conrad Hilton used his "Connie's hunches" to be successful in business.“I’ve been accused more than once of playing hunches.  Since I suppose I do and it sounds so mysterious, a little like following a Ouija board or gazing into a crystal ball, and since I further believe most people have them, whether they follow them or not, I’ve tried to figure out what’s in a hunch.  I think the other name for hunch is intuition…” 

Be My Guest
Conrad Hilton, 1957a, P. 196 

Harriet Tubman's psychic abilities:

Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
Sarah Hopkins, 1869

Harriet Tubman:  The Moses of Her People

Sarah Hopkins Bradford, 1886 

Scientists, business professionals, musicians, artists, writers and more...on their use of dreams in their work:

Our Dreaming Mind
Robert L. Van de Castle, Ph.D., 1995

Examines the role dreams have played throughout history, including how scientists, business professionals, military and political leaders, musicians, artists, and writers have used dreams in their work, including: 

Friedrich A. von Kekule, professor of chemistry at Ghent, Belgium, who revolutionized organic chemistry from a dream.  (p. 35-36)

Frederick Banting, a Canadian physician who awoke from a dream that led to isolating the hormone now known as insulin.  (p. 36)

Dmitri Mendeleyev, professor of chemistry at Saint Petersburg, who developed the Periodic Table of Elements based on a dream, predicting the existence of 3 elements that were later discovered. (p. 35)

President Lyndon Johnson's dream that contributed to the cessation of the Vietnam War. (p. 23)

General George Patton who got battle plans from his dreams. (p. 24)

President Abram Lincoln's dreams about his death.  (p. 30)

Eureka:  Understanding and Using the Power of Your Intuition
Anne Salisbury, 2008

Reviews how intuition has been used in history, how it works, and how to develop it.  Examples of noted people who have used intuition:

Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle. Archimedes' experience gave the author inspiration for the title of her book, "Eureka!"

Albert Einstein:  "My understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe did not come out of my rational mind." (p. 29)

Alexis Carrell, Nobel Prize-winning surgeon/biologist:  "All great men are gifted with intuition.  They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know." (p. 59) 

Writers Dreaming:  26 Writers Talk About Their Dreams and the Creative Process Naomi Epel, 1994

How writers use their dreams in their work, including Stephen King, Anne Rice, Maya Angelou, & Sue Grafton. 

Jonas Salk, developed the polio vaccine:

"Reason alone will not serve.  Intuition alone can be improved by reason, but reason alone without intuition can easily lead  the wrong way...That's why I think that there is both an art and a science to what we do. The art of science is as  important as so-called technical science. You need both. It's the combination that must be recognized and acknowledged  as valued." 

Interview with Jonas Salk
May 16, 1991, San Diego, CA, by the Academy of Achievement

Psychic Research 

ESP Researchers 

The Rhine Research Center 

Institute of Noetic Sciences 

Society for Scientific Exploration 

University of Virginia - School of Medicine - The Division of Perceptual Studies

Charles Tart 

Parapsychological Association

International Academy of Consciousness

Stanley Krippner - Saybrook University

The Intuitive-Connections Network

Henry Reed