When I read the emotions handout there were three things that stood out to me in the chapter because they gave me new insight or I disagreed with them. Firstly, on page 145, “the role of beliefs” the author say that dogs do not have as much range and complexity in emotions as we (humans) do. I disagree with this because just like a human can tell when another human is sad or happy, dogs can also sense that. The six basic emotions that we have are happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust and dogs can show all of them. I do not think that is it fair to say that they can not have as complex emotions as we do when we can not even understand them. Secondly, on page 155, “emotions as a source of knowledge”, I found what the author said to be very interesting and changed what I previously thought.
“The phycologist Antonio Damasio cites the case of a patient called Elliot who suffered damage to the emotional centres in his brain. Elliot appeared normal un many respects and preformed last as well on IQ tests as he did before his accident. Nevertheless, he became a “rational fool”.”
I found this very interesting because I always thought that whenever someone was going through something, everything would be different, not only the way they perceived things and reacted. Finally, I found that the author was talking about how we need to “debug” rather than follow our natural instinct and that we needed to unlearn our native intuitions so that we could acquire a more sophisticated understanding of the world.
Another point that I am going to talk in more depth about was that on page 158, the author talks about the relationship between intuition and emotion (feelings).
“Intuitions are, of course, very different from hot emotions, such as love and hate. But sine they are usually seen as being more a matter of feeling than of thinking, it makes sense to discuss them here”
when I read this, I started to wonder if our emotions were somehow based upon survival or as a way that we needed to get the things we want. When we are sad, we cry and look down, when others feel bad, they try and make us feel better and they give us help. When we are happy and in a good mood, other people like you more and want to be with you (being a leader). If we didn’t show our emotions, we would not be able to get any help and so we would always be stuck in that emotion until we would change it ourself. Even tho now it is not for survival so much as it is for getting what we need. I started to make a connection. Also reenforcing the survival fact, we have intuition about our surroundings and we get these senses when there could be possible “danger”.
“You may, for example, have an intuition that someone behind you is staring at you, and when you turn round you discover you are right!
If we think that someone is behind us and staring at us, we get scared or nervous and want to see if there is someone. We get lots of emotions and feeling as a result as our intuition, but maybe that is because our intuition is the root to expressing our emotions. It makes us worry, makes us scared, happy, nervous and grossed out without us even thinking about it. If we see a dead body, even if you are a surgeon and see dead people and blood all the time and are used to that, our intuition might make us feel queezy and lightheaded and we might faint or throw up. Even tho we are used to that, in that sudden moment, our natural instinct might be to feel grossed out and so our emotions come out that would normally not.