Intuition and Rigor

Intuition and common sense are honed only on domains that are relatively simple and familiar to us. If we had to rely only on intuition to understand the world around us, we would be largely crippled on unfamiliar territory. This is why it is important to liberate our means of acquiring knowledge from intuition. Rigor does just this – it enables the exploration of truth in unfamiliar universes, the consequences of unfamiliar axioms.

Numbers – A translation of Ashokamithran’s ‘எண்கள்’

He comes here, here to this reading room to see and keep count of the money that someone else has put up for display, for the intoxication that he gets when this money in amounts he cannot imagine, rises up through his eyes and into his brain. Leave him to his intoxication. Sure, let him be, let him be. This intoxication is the only thing that is left for him and for crores of other people today. Perhaps it is for this intoxication that I too come here.