Re: virus: Religion, Zen, post-structuralism, and the failure

Chitren Nursinghdass (
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 13:51:17 +0200

At 10:08 13/06/97 +0200, vous avez écrit:
>On Thu, 12 Jun 1997, David McFadzean wrote:
>> I fully realize that rationality is "just" a world view. It is "only"
>> good for understanding the world and making decisions. I also consider
>> rationality to be the unspoken rules of the game of mailing list discussions
>> (which is why I get rather frustrated when the other side feels free
>> to break the rules whenever they find it useful; imagine how long you
>> would play chess with someone like that).
>> If you want to use some other worldview for anything at all, be my guest.
>> If you find faith useful, that's fine with me too. If you're insulted
>> I find faith fundamentally flawed and express those opinions (without
>> anyone, BTW), then maybe you should ask yourself why you are so defensive.

There are some interesting ideas to be had from Antonio D'amasio's
"Descartes' Error" and Joseph (?) LeDoux's biology of emotion article
or "The Emotional Brain" I think.

You can have a review of the first by none other than Dennett himself
on the Tufts University site and the second I read about on the site
known as "The Edge".

Basically, emotions and rational thinking are linked, the emotions
are a way to reduce the time spent in thinking before acting out.

You can consciously procrastinate the resort to emotions by rational

Some psychopaths have a problem of linkage between the amygdala and the
hypothalamus which can explain their rational, methodical and logical
coherence and lack of (good) emotional feelings.