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

David McFadzean (
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 10:50:09 -0600

At 01:51 PM 13/06/97 +0200, Chitren Nursinghdass wrote:

>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.

I had "Descartes' Error" in mind when I asked recently, "What if
emotions are rational? What if rationality depended on emotions?"
I think emotions evolved because they cause animals to do (mostly)
reasonable things in the absence of conscious deliberation. And
D'amasio's research has shown that brain damage that removes emotion
debilitates the subject's reasoning powers.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus