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Would a world without emotions better?

One day this questions just came up to me. I just want your opinions on the world without any trace of emotion. I mean humans without emotions to be specific.

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    Apr 21 2013: There have been quite a few works of art on this theme. The one that comes to mind is a movie called Equilibrium where society removed emotion in order to achieve peace, environmental sustainability, etc. They accomplished lack of emotion through medication. It's an entertaining film, but ends with the "life isn't worth living without emotion" kind of conclusion with lovers, and puppies.

    It's interesting because dealing with software, you frequently try to get into an algorithm state of mind that is pretty close to emotion-free. It leads to very efficient code, but typically that has to be paired with someone who has a vision for some human interaction in order for the software to really be used. I like to think that while a world without emotion would be more orderly, more efficient, produce more great things, it would be vulnerable to any future civilization that did have emotion.

    Another take is that the animal world doesn't have emotion, yet it's pretty chaotic and took quite a while to evolve emotion and civilization so perhaps your question has already been answered that natural law thinks emotion is better because it allows for greater survival and more accomplished culture.
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      Apr 20 2013: Hello,

      There is a movie that I saw just recently (I think it's named Zenith?) but it's based on the idea that everybody is always happy - every human is happy all the time. In this movie, the people, at least some, are attracted to and go to great measures to find drugs that will make them depressed/make them feel. Sometimes I feel like I need to cry.
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    May 20 2013: I wonder what the people of planet Vulcan (or New Vulcan in the new series movie), I wonder what the Vulcans like Spock would think about the end of emotion.
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    Apr 29 2013: .My answer:

    Emotions are essential for our communication.
    Communication is crucial for symbiosis.
    Symbiosis is vital for our survival.
  • Apr 24 2013: HI.
    Is courage a bad emotion?
    What about finding courage?
    In order to do so, many find a courage they didn't know they had in the last three letters of the word courage.
    Those letters spell, r...a...g...e.... rage.
    I disagree with the premise that simply attributes bad human behavior to emotions because that to me implies a false belief that they come from human nature.
    They don't.
    What we see in the world is a perverted form of humanity because so many are not getting their needs met and this breeds a sometimes overwhelming fear. Thus, humans are not behaving solely because of so-called or falsely labeled bad emotions but simply are responding to environments that are increasing the stresses upon them to simply survive.

    Someone here mentioned psychopaths.
    The leaders of America are psychopaths in the very real sense of what that means and what it implies, yet they claim a moral high ground that is anything but.
    We could do without them and we would behave differently.
    If we solve our problems we will behave differently, i.e. peacefully.
    The only people who do not want this are our leaders.
    What do you think about that?
    Someone also mentioned fear. Jealousy, greed, crime, hate, envy, hubris, resentment, anger and other emotions are all just other words for fear. They represent fear that one won't get what they want or need, or that they will lose what they have. That kinda covers everything in between too. And, any two of all of us.

    With the way things are going, having, expressing, showing, demonstrating, etc. emotions will be outlawed and will involve a long jail sentence. (Is this something you would favor?)
    This is true as prisons are now privately owned businesses that constantly need more customers to remain solvent, to grow and increase profits.
    Everyone in America stands a good and growing chance at winding up in prison in their lifetime.
    • May 4 2013: I understand there are some good emotions but just imagine a world without emotion that would just let people think rationally with everything. Yes there would be loss of love- the most powerful emotion in my opinion- but if we all though rationally won't most if not all the problems of today not exist. I would not favour outlawing emotions because that is just stupid, everybody relies both on their rationality (don't know if that is a word) and emotioins. So if such a law was passed on it will have to be controlled by robots or somthing that is emotionless.
  • Apr 21 2013: I think it would be Darwinistic, with no regret for doing what each individual decided was best for their survival.
    Procreation and families would not be a priority, or even a concern.
    Society would degrade as there was no remorse, no caring, and blind indifference to the needs of others.

    Development of emotions as art of the human brain are likely one of the cornerstones of human development.
    • Apr 22 2013: But think about why do humans do most of the "bad" things? Is it not because of other emotions such as jelousy etc.
      I mean yes we would loose the more appreciated emotions like love, happiness etc. but these emotions are possibly the ones that lead to the other emotions.
  • Apr 21 2013: I would hazard a guess that the definition of emotion is not that precise.

    Taken at face value it seems obvious that there could be no future for humanity without emotion because there would be no impulse to choose one thing rather than another. One could imagine people pursuing survival without emotion, but why would they? A parallel consideration is the perception of pain. I understand people who do not feel pain have very poor outcomes (as judged by people who feel emotion and pain).

    The idea that psychopaths mimic emotion to their own advantage is an interesting counterpoint because the question is - what motivates them? If the above observation is right then it would seem that either the answer to this question concerns the definition of emotion or the answer is that psychopaths are in some way parasitic of others' values - they seek what others seek.
  • Apr 21 2013: How could we predict?
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    Apr 21 2013: People whose mental circuitry associated with emotions is impaired fearlessly put themselves and others in harms way. Mother's with impaired emotional wiring may not be adequately attentive to keep their children safe or to foster their learning about the world in a somewhat protected way. People would not be drawn to the sort of flow experiences that underlie great creative achievement in science or the arts. Anything people do for the pleasure of it would suddenly lose its motivating potential.
    It sounds like a bad deal.
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    Apr 20 2013: there are good emotions and bad emotions. I'm guessing that you want to get rid of the bad ones? Everyone experiences all of the emotions at one time or another. The problem is with the ones that are chronically stuck manifesting the bad ones.
    If your saying the world would be better off without cheerfulness, enthusiasm, exhilaration, etc. I would have to disagree.
    • Apr 22 2013: I had just recently read the Uglies series. The books are of people with only "good" emotions but my point here is not to well to simplify it get rid of the bad emotions. I think one leads to other so theefore it would be impossible in a way to have only the good emotions without some kind of mind control.
      Which would not be considered ethical by today's society.