Peter Montgomery wrote:
> I've noticed that people don't even say "I think" anymore. It is always "I
> feel", even if the issue totally a dry, intellectual one.
No such thing. One of the results of neuroscience over the last couple
decades is that pure logic is impossible separated from emotion/feeling.
Without an emotional response to, e.g., mathematical induction, you will
be unable to carry out a mathematical induction. See, e.g., Antonio
Damasio, _Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain_. It
also works the other way: feeling is impossible except as attached to a
cognition. You have to intellectually grasp an event before emotional
response is possible.
What Eliot says does not occur in fact cannot _not_ occur. There has
never been a dissociation of sensibility and it is biologically
impossible for there to be one. Except in the case of very severely
brain-damaged patients thought is ALWAYS felt; feeling is ALWAYS
thought. By everyone.