Whenever I see an Ni description, I always see large parts of the definition set in terms of time - indeed, it's called the intuition OF time. However, perhaps it is the intuition of PATTERNS?
Many patterns have a temporal component (just look at how many physics equations have a t variable), and I think that this might be causing too much importance being given to the temporal element (assuming I'm right in the first part, of course).
Say you're taking an IQ test and there's this pattern recognition part. Well, Se you go and start looking at the pretty pictures, kick in some T to as you notice similarities and proto-patterns or come up with some possibilities (Ne) to check their validity when suddenly it hits you - a flash of insight - Aha! the pattern! Now how to describe it?
Notice in the last two parts how the recognition of the pattern is a perception, and unlike S, it has no (immediately) identifiable source, so it's an intuition. Further, unlike the Ne part of coming up with possibilities, it doesn't need to be checked (other than just a very quick verification, but..) - you know that's what it is. And then, since it's a perception, you need to pass it off to a judging function (info metabolism pathway, no?) to use that info.
So, what d'ya think? Do you Ni people have an easy time with patterns of various types, not just ones with time as a component? Do you Ni PoLR's and such have a hard time?
This may not just be patterns like on IQ tests and such. When I look at something, eg (and this is what brought this latter part to mind) a sink, I don't just see what it's physically possible to see (the counter, the faucet, etc), but the other elements that, from what I know of sinks and have experienced of them, but I see (mentally, and very much in a perceptive way rather than a judgmentive one) the pipes, the connections of the pipes, etc.. This even applies to elements that I have no idea what their purpose is, or the details of their workings (eg, imagine a circuit board - you may have no idea what all those parts are, or the meanings and purposes of those paths, but you can still imagine them, no?).