Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Rule your feelings, lest your feelings rule you."
- Publilius Syrus

I don't have emotions, conveniently, so this should be easy. Unfortunately, Professor Chun showed us in class today that emotional responses are a critical element of cognition and intelligence. Cognitive scientists today understand that passion and reason are not antithetical.

"The emotions are of quite extraordinary importance in the total economy of living organisms and do not deserve being put into opposition with 'intelligence.' The emotions are, it seems, themselves a high order of intelligence."
- Orval H. Mowrer

On the flip side, learning about the importance of emotions did make me consider the disadvantages of my heartlessness—perhaps there is some hope, after all.