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Poch Peralta

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Are Reason and Emotion Sworn Enemies?

Many expert reasoners feel they are. But these supposed opposites overlap, emotions have logic and reason often blunders. Plato’s chariot and the anti-Freud can clarify.

In “The War on Reason,” Paul Bloom complains that scientists are popularizing the view that rational deliberation is an illusion. Bloom feels this “unacknowledged rebooting of Freud”, by focusing on “emotive desires,” and “scattered… instances of irrationality” misrepresents our “rational foundations.” When “thirsty, you don’t...squirm...at the mercy of unconscious impulses,” you rationally plan and execute quenching it.
http://bigthink.com/errors-we-live-by/reason-emotion-kahneman-is-the-freud-slayer

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    Mar 11 2014: Could we apply logic to emotion or will it alienate people more or make them angrier?
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      Mar 12 2014: Poch,
      What people are you referring to who may become more angry?

      One can "apply" logic to emotion, and one can "apply" emotion to logic. I prefer to recognize that logic/reason and emotion work together quite well when one is not perceiving them as separate. All systems in the body/mind are interconnected, so when we perceive them as separate, we deprive ourselves the opportunity to "know" ourselves on a deeper level.

      You write...
      "Are Reason and Emotion Sworn Enemies? Many expert reasoners feel they are"

      Who are the "expert reasoners" who feel reason and emotion are "sworn enemies"?

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