Fostering diverse cognitive talents

Trishula is Elysian Trust’s society dedicated to fostering those who demonstrate extraordinarily high ability in the area of intuition. We call such members “Trishulans.” Since Intuition has multiple definitions, Trishula focuses on the three most commonly known:

  • Type I intuition – The domain-specific kind that Dr. Robin M Hogarth writes about in Educating Intuitionwhere it always needs a modifier, like “cop’s intuition,” or “mother’s intuition,” and comes from a lot of exposure to- and experience about- a specific topic.
  • Type II intuition – Defined as general nonlinear intelligence capable of seeing connections, patterns, and relationships in seemingly random, chaotic, and unrelated things.  The late Dr. Daniel Cappon worked on testing for this type of Intuition.
  • Type III intuition – The kind of psychic ability that parapsychology centers, like University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies investigates.

Trishulans come from all walks of life, but there are noticeably more artists, musicians, nurses, and other “right-brained” types in this club than in any of Elysian Trust’s other societies, except for perhaps Interrobang. In sharp contrast to high IQ societies, women currently outnumber men in Trishula.

It should come as no surprise that quite a few highly intuitive people consider themselves to be psychic, and that is true of many members of Trishula, but not all. The organization itself has no official stance on psychic phenomena. Aside from being a support group for a section of humanity that gravely needs it, Trishula is also a matchmaking site for researchers of Intuition and psychic phenomena with those who do very well on standardized intuition tests, and companies interested in hiring highly intuitive people. Trishula offers both services through its think-tank Tri-Force.


As with the majority of Elysian Trust’s societies, Trishula has its own think-tank attached to it, Tri-Force.  As Dr. Paul Wong mentions, “Often intuition is the deciding factor between failure and success.”  Tri-Force serves as a high-range vehicle for that factor that clients can utilize. It is a low-profit organization that offers intuitive services to deserving charities, causes, and startups that otherwise cannot afford professional consulting of any kind.

Some of these services include:

  • Minimizing uncertainty in making decisions, intuitive forecasting;
  • identifying best candidates in high stake and investment scenarios;
  • determining the best course of actions among limited options;
  • screening of job candidates;
  • aid in negotiations, and prevent critical “soft” leaks in communication;
  • Body language reading in negotiations; identify weak spots that logical reasoning might miss;
  • intuitively “backtrack” to grasp what led to a present matter.

It also provides “star” test subjects to academic institutions and researchers pursuing promising avenues in the area of Intuition or psychic research & development, though this is on a volunteer basis of Tri-Force members.

A present example of Tri-Force’s work would be its service to the nonprofit missing persons organization, Find Me.  Its members have in the past volunteered for intuitive research studies at the University of California, Berkeley’s Psychophysiology Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s now-defunct Corkin Lab, and University of Virginia’s Cedar Creek Institute.

Admissions and Membership

The type of intuition you demonstrate determines what type of test you must submit to join Trishula. 

Type I (domain-specific) intuition
Gardening intuition, math intuition, mechanic’s intuition, and many more. Given that there are too many domains to enumerate, it is easier for you to tell us what form of Type I intuition at which you feel you are unusually adept. We will try to find a way to test it to confirm your claim, though we may not be able to if it is incredibly obscure or fuzzy.  However, we will try our best.

Type II (general) intuition–We currently cannot test for Type II intuition (general intuition), because of the only test ever developed for that, the Cappon IQ2, has been lost by the university that last had it. We will be working with our psychologists and possibly with a university to create a test for general intuition to replace it. When that happens, we will update here accordingly.

Type III (psychic) intuition–The easiest way to test into Trishula is to take our free Binary Intuition Test (BIT). Alternatively, you might not have a Type III intuitive ability that shows up via the BIT. As with Type I Intuition, let us know what your intuitive skill is, and we will try to devise a way to test it or have a university do so. We can also arrange for the University of Virginia to test you. 

If you are interested in joining Trishula, please email Elysian Trust’s membership officer at membership at elysiantrust dot org. Be sure to mention it is Trishula you want to join, that you understand Trishula requires civility, that you will be civil, and that you will participate in the group. Admins may remove people who do not participate within any 12-month period without notice.