This may not be entirely germane but modern brain
theory links congnition and feelings (or emotion)
extremely closely. Feelings are the basis of cognition
and action in the world. There link to Eliot in this.
The book ‘The Muse in the Machine: Computerizing the
Poetry of Human Thought’ has a specific discussion of
this. He uses Eliot’s objective correlative as an
example of the linkage between emotions and cognition.
This idea is also expressed by Gerald Edelman ('A
Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes
Imagination' or 'Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the
Matter of the Mind' and Antono Damassio(Descarte’s
--- Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Feelings? Isn't it more a matter of cognition,
> more specifically
> recognition? "If you see" he says. It is arguably a
> big "if." But the
> question he asks is whether you see it, not whether
> it is.
> Ken A.
> At 01:48 PM 8/31/2003 -0400, you wrote:
> >To add another bit to Rick's bit, here is Alan
> Ansen's record of a January
> >15, 1947, conversation with Auden:
> >"...our poetry is the product of our feelings.
> There's an awfully revealing
> >anecdote about Eliot. A woman who was seated next
> to him at table said:
> >"Isn't the party wonderful?" He said, "Yes, if you
> see the essential horror
> >of it all."
> >The [essential] horror! The [essential] horror!???
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