Re: Emotions and intelligence
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 15:14:33 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-04-03 13:11:13 EST, you write:

> generation of intelligence.
> If I ever get a chance to reprogram myself, I would put emotions
> under complete control, so that, when I want, I could turn off the bad
> ones, and feel the selected good ones. So that the emotions would
> be used only for fun, and will not stand in the way of decision-making
> processes, where they tend to mess things up, even when the goal of
> decision-making is to optimize future emotions.

I would suggest that this might hamper decision making as well, for it would
disable the program that can tell the difference between a pleasurable
outcome and an unpleasant one. For example you could switch off the bad
feelings just before you went into battle, or executed a risky plan that had
50- 50 chance - And in case it came out wrong, and you would still "feel"
good about your decision, even if things went terribly awry.
If everything turns to shit, you're in jail or broke, or whatever, just
amplify the good feelings and what's the difference?