Re: Emotions, Knowledge, Logic

Michael Butler (
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 18:47:39 PST

Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 23:04:13 -0400
From: (Steve Witham)
Subject: Emotions, Knowledge, Logic
<much worthwhile stuff *snipped*>
As I said, emotions are the logic of values.

I say:
Umm, how about "emotions are how we *sense* values."?
I consider that discovering a feeling that surprises me provides a
clue that I have a value I didn't know I had. Like noticing a funny
smell in the room. I can then choose what to do about that. If the
smell is one I'd like to experience more of, one set of activities
might ensue; if I'd rather not experience it, other activities might
be more appropriate.

Steve sez:
When people say that emotions are bad sources of information,
what I understand to be going on is this: one part of their value system
is telling me it doesn't like the urgings of other parts. The person
is saying that they have conflicts within their value system. The fact
that some emotions claim not to be emotions is the result of a lot of
terrible ideas from our past.

I say:

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