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Intuition, instinct or a gut feeling was information generated without conscious reasoning.
According to James T. Kirk, no man achieved command in Starfleet without relying on intuition. Ultimately it was this very thing that lead to the finding and destruction of the dikironium cloud creature (TOS: "Obsession")
In the last message Kirk recorded for Leonard McCoy and acting captainSpock, he asked Spock to rely on intuitive insight (claiming he knew he had it) or barring any ability to do so, ask McCoy for help. (TOS: "The Tholian Web")