Ah the pronouncement from on high. Such wonderful dogma.
The thought occurs, perhaps we are all brain-damaged, in a cultural,
if not in a physiological sense.
Did you know that the active ingredient in hot peppers is now being used as
an anasthetic in certain kinds of medical procedures? Perhaps the next time
you go to your dentist you might find him currying your flavour.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 6:11 PM
Subject: Re: "Nietzsche+Wagner" book (was:Test of Time)
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > I've noticed that people don't even say "I think" anymore. It is always
> > 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.
> > P.
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