Comment on Antonio Damasio: This Time With Feeling

Spaceweaver Tue, Oct 13, 2009
Thank you Amfoes for your thoughts and the interesting reading list. I entirely agree that emotions were till lately (perhaps still are) a kind of 'black sheep' of academic research, not to speak of the common prejudice that emotions are inferior to reason.

It is becoming clear that emotional activity is indispensable to thinking and is involved in many cognitive functions. Psychological research starts to show that the emotional system is an intelligent system that carries out complex computations and is capable to swiftly resolve situations that are virtually intractable to reason in real time.

Moreover, if the human mind is an evolutionary ecology, as I believe it to be, emotions are an essential component in the selective mechanism that drives evolutionary processes in the mind. It wouldn't be an understatement to say that emotions guide the dynamics of human identity and human activity at all scales from the individual level to our collective human web.