• Kinglord1090
    2
    Disclaimer:-
    This is a discussion about emotions and if do we really need them anymore.
    Please note that this discussion talks about the 'need' of emotions on a survival basis and not the 'wants' of emotion.
    Please respect everyone's answers.
    Have fun.

    Hello.
    I have often thought about existential thoughts and meaning of life, .etc.
    I believe that emotions have become unnecessary in this modern world, and that the future doesn't need it anymore.
    Please feel free to discuss about it in an affirmative or negative point of view.
  • Protagoras
    4
    @Kinglord1090

    Desire and emotions are what we are. No getting round that.

    Desire is vital to achievement.

    Humans are not robots.
  • Kinglord1090
    2
    Science begs to differ.
    If we go to the root of all emotions and desires, we are not that different from robots.

    I believe that emotions and desires don't define us, our intelligence does.
    A murderer has reasons to do crime, he did it because of his desire to kill or emotion.
    Whereas if he just used logic, he would have come to the conclusion of killing someone.
  • Jack Cummins
    60

    I can't possibly think what would happen if emotions were cast aside completely. Okay, we may need a certain mastery of emotions, rather than being under their control. But, to ignore them may be catastrophic because we are not machines and are sentient beings. You speak of survival, but emotions are a guide, as an interface between mind and matter, and, perhaps, nature's best guide. We may have been taught to conceal our emotions, but I believe that if we try to suppress or repress them we may land in all kinds of dangers individually, and as social groups.
  • Protagoras
    4
    @Kinglord1090

    Why seperate intelligence into emotion and logic?

    They are inseparable.

    So what's your plan to how to live without emotion?
  • TheMadFool
    26
    Very good question in my humble opinion. Why? There seems to be an asymmetry therein. Our emotions give the thumbs-up to rationality (there's no way someone would ever be rational if it hurt like hell. In fact, we get a kick out of being rational). Rationality, on the other hand, has a dim view of emotions, treating them as stumbling blocks to be avoided like the plague. Unrequited love. A one-sided love story. Doomed from the very start! A very ancient account of the love-hate relationship between heart and mind! Take it or leave it!
  • Cheshire
    12
    Please note that this discussion talks about the 'need' of emotions on a survival basis and not the 'wants' of emotion.Kinglord1090
    Emotions aren't a survival tool that's why some people emotionally shut down or repress in order to navigate extreme stress. So, the question doesn't really make sense as emotions were never a matter of survival. However, not being necessary for survival is a poor measure for value.
  • Down The Rabbit Hole
    2


    As our emotions are the foundation of our moral principles, there would be no reason to refrain from causing others suffering, provided we can get away with it.
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    Whenever, I talk about this topic, I feel like I am an atheist trying to tell a believer that God doesn't exist.
    That is why I am glad, that you atleast had some logic in your comment.
    However saying, 'I can't possibly think what would happen if emotions were cast aside completely.', just seems like an excuse for not having a valid point against my statement.
    Just like if an atheist says God doesn't exist, a believer can just say that he can't imagine a world without God, even though the atheist thinks that they are living in one.

    I strongly disagree with the notion that humans are somehow makes us machines.
    Humans are much more than just robot+emotions.
    We have a consciousness, the ability to think from different standpoints, and much more.
    Also, even if we consider for the sake of debate that humans without emotions would turn into machines, how is it bad?
    I mean, i have never seen a machine choose to kill others unless its programmed to do so.
    Whereas, a human on the other hand would do it if he is in a bad mood. (An extremely bad one)
    Btw, I also disagree on your notion that emotions are a guide, an interface between mind and matter.
    I think the better definition would be that emotions are a way to express physical conditions easier.
    For exaple:- People will understand you fear of heights easier by seeing your shivering feet, rather than just looking at a still human. People will understand that you are hurt physically if you cry, rather than if you just stand still. Emotions exist long before languages. So, by my view, its basically just a language that predates spoken and written langauges.

    Another thing to note is no one seems to compare a human with other animals, just robots.
    There are plenty organisms apart from humans which don't show emotions and don't need a meaning in life.
    Why can't we just be like them.

    Last thing, I have noticed that you have diverged a bit from the topic.
    The topic isn't about if we should supress or repress emotions or that we should practice anything mentioned here.
    Its only about if it would be a logical and viable way.
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    I could ask you the same question.
    Why think logic and emotion are inseperable?
    I mean robots and computers can follow logic without having emotions, right?

    Also, i don't understand your this statement -
    "So what's your plan to how to live without emotion?"
    The reason is same.
    I could ask you the same question.
    What was your plan to live with emotion?
    There was none, right?
    We just happened to be born with one, and we followed it, no questions asked.
    This discussion isn't about how we will live a life like that anyways.
    Its about if that life will be better than the current one.
    So, answer this-
    Would you rather live in a world with emotions, where sufferring is guaranteed with no guarantee of happiness?
    or
    Would you rather live in a world which is guaranteed to be peaceful as no one can feel emotions.

    I have seen enough people suffering to choose the second option without thinking much.
  • Jack Cummins
    60

    I wonder if you are talking about transcending emotions, because you don't appear to be wishing for humanity to be reduced to a robotic consciousness. I think that it is a fine line, and how we can possibly wake up to a higher state of consciousness altogether. I don't wish to derail your topic, or send it off course at all, but your observations about murderers being compelled by desires, does make me wonder if you are thinking about human beings able to reach towards a greater stage of awareness and consciousness.
  • Protagoras
    4
    @Kinglord1090
    Computers and robots are not human.

    Logic and emotion are inseperable.

    You don't have an option.

    Your hypothetical are meaningless.

    Emotions are great!

    We make our own happiness with emotions plus logic.

    Remind me what EQ stands for again? You mentioned it.
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    I don't believe emotions have anything to do with rationalism.
    If anything, if often goes against logic.
    It's best shown in experiments like the Trolley experiment, where a human would rather save 1 person with whom he/she/they have emotional connection with rather than save 4 strangers, which far disobeys logic by simply not giving a damn about 4 lives over 1 life.

    Also, I think you just contradicted yourself with this statement -
    "there's no way someone would ever be rational if it hurt like hell.",
    as if you meant it, you are just saying that its better for everyone in the world to die, if it means you can have peace and not be in pain.
    I feel like thats an excuse for saying that you are weak and/or a coward.

    We don't need to emotions to be rational anymore.
    We have logic and other tools to help us do it.
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    "Biologically and evolutionarily, all “negative,” or distressing, emotions, like fear, disgust, or anxiety, can be thought of as “survival-mode” emotions: They signal to the body and brain that our survival and well-being may be at risk, and are specifically designed to motivate behaviors and bodily responses"
    Source:- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-embodied-mind/201209/emotions-survival-and-disconnection

    I don't think i need to say anymore, but i might as well.
    Emotions were created to help humans survive back when we had to fight animals like lions and mammoths.
    Now that we don't have those happening everywhere, it seems like it is unnecessary to have emotions anymore.
    Just like wisdom teeth and appendix, i feel like it has just become a vestgial part of humans.

    Also, if anything being necessary for survival is an excellent measure for value.
    A diamond jewellery is highly unnecessary for survival.
    Thats why people dont buy it unless they have excess money.
    Food and shelter on the other hand are highly necessary for survival.
    Thats why no matter how poor you are, those are your prorities.
    I believe people should just use this method to understand the difference between needs and wants.
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    Your statements is only seeing one side of the coin.
    Just as there would be no reason to refrain from causing others suffering, provided we can get away with it, there wouldnt be a reason to just let others mind their own business.

    Yes, emotions are *one of* the foundation of our moral principles, but so is logic.
    And now in a world where we have better form of communication and survival is easier, logic and other stuff would be more than enough to shape our moral principles.

    And logically speaking, it takes much less resources to not kill someone.
    And the moral priciple would be to not kill anyone.

    Other thing people seem to disregard is that, just because there are no emotions, it doesnt mean there are no rules either.
    There would be police force finding criminals and punishing them.
    The rules can be simple stuff like
    1) No killing is allowed
    2) No robbing is allowed, etc
    And since many people are wrongly comparing emotionless humans to robots, i will use it too for the sake of debate.
    If you tell a robot to choose between 2 choices while retaining most of its energy, it will choose the one that requires less energy. Because its based on logic.
  • Corvus
    7
    There are differences in creative, warm and positive emotions which are vital for art, friendship and human relations, and negative, cold and explosive emotions which are destructive and not nice for anything and anybody.

    The former emotions must be encouraged and enriched, but the latter must be controlled and calmed down? :)
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    I like your way of thinking.
    I am sorry that I am not able to put what I mean into words in a easy to understand form.
    I am still trying to uderstand myself and the world.

    I have a simple hypothetical which might help in understanding what i am trying to say, maybe.
    Consider you have 2 choices-
    1) Make a world, in which people have emotions, and never be guaranteed if they will live a happy life or not.
    2) Make a world, in which people don't have emotions, but be guaranteed that they will live a peacefull life. (peaceful, not happy)

    I think my brother(not on this website) explained it better.
    He wants a world where people use logic before emotions.
    Save 4 people, instead of 1 person, even if that 1 person is emotionally attached to you.

    So, i guess you are correct when you said that I want a world where humans have a greater stage of awareness and consciousness.

    Also, just wanna make it clear, I am not against emotions. I like to feel happy and loved just as much as any other. But, its my dislike towards murder and other inhumane stuff thats forces me to believe that a world without any emotions would be better than a world with it, especially if it means people can be sad or angry.
  • Jack Cummins
    60

    It leads me to think of a track by Warren Zevon, called , 'Sentimental Hygiene'. I think it is a fine balance between emotion and going beyond it. As you are new to the site, you may not be aware that I have a current thread on balance in thinking. I also welcome you to the site.

    One aspect which I am aware of issues arising in mindfulness meditation. I have some but not extensive experience of this practice, but I think that the role of the body, emotions and thinking come into play. We can become aware of them, but rather than being governed by any of the three, we can simply observe all of these aspects of ourselves.
  • TheMadFool
    26
    I don't believe emotions have anything to do with rationalism.
    If anything, if often goes against logic.
    It's best shown in experiments like the Trolley experiment, where a human would rather save 1 person with whom he/she/they have emotional connection with rather than save 4 strangers, which far disobeys logic by simply not giving a damn about 4 lives over 1 life.
    Kinglord1090

    Remember, the Trolley Problem is there to expose a dissonance between what utilitarianism demands that we do (kill 1 to save 4) and our intuition that there's something not quite right about that. It's possible that the moral intuition I referred to could be just our emotions in disguise, I'm not sure. Actually, it's not just some vague feeling that something's off as I initially thought. That 1 man utilitarianism requires us to slay is innocent and thus killing faer would be immoral. No, no emotions in the Trolley Problem, at least none that I can detect.

    Also, I think you just contradicted yourself with this statement -
    "there's no way someone would ever be rational if it hurt like hell.",
    as if you meant it, you are just saying that its better for everyone in the world to die, if it means you can have peace and not be in pain.
    I feel like thats an excuse for saying that you are weak and/or a coward.
    Kinglord1090

    I merely meant to point out what you already know - emotions motivate and also demotivate. We engage in rationality for mainly two reasons: 1) we enjoy it and 2) it's tool that helps us achieve happiness and avoid suffering. Both reasons are emotional in character.

    Regarding the issue of letting the world end if it means peace for me, well, it's a non sequitur. Nothing that I said implies that and moreover, I don't think anyone will ever be so unlucky to face such a dilemma: either suffer or the world is kaput.
  • NOS4A2
    2


    Doing away with emotions would be tantamount to doing away with the body since they are one and the same. All you could do is dull them with narcotics, invasive and unethical surgeries, or abuse. In short, it’s not worth it.
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    Yes, computers and robots are not human.
    But the inspiration for making them was taken from human brain.
    Scientists tried to replicate the way a human brain works, and they ended up with computers.
    Which is an undeniable proof that the way a computer works, that is, by logic, is an essential part of humans.

    Your notion that logic and emotions are inseperable, without giving me any reason to why you think this is not appreciated.
    You telling me that I have no option seems that you are trying to hide the fact that you dont have enough resources to prove it, so you are just bruteforcing it without giving any proof or explanation and hoping it works.

    I am sorry, but it thats how you want to communicate, i would have to ask you to leave the post.
    The point of hypotheticals are that they aren't real.
    They are just mere tools to help us understand ourselves better.
    Ao, if you think my hypotheticals are meaningless, so be it, I think they offered great insight and helped shed some light towards the often unethical seeming topic.

    I agree that emotions are great. I like them. But I feel like i dont need them.
    Also, not that the post clearly states that this discussion is about wherether we 'need' emotions and not about whether we 'want' them.

    The question isnt about how happiness is created, its about whether we need them or not.

    EQ stands for emotional quotient.
    I feel like you don't understand what this discussion is about.
    Yes, I believe EQ is an important part of human life, but i also think that it is not essential anymore.
  • Jack Cummins
    60

    I think that your point is important because we cannot simply put the idea of emotions into the realm of mind. There is so much discussion on this site about the relationship between mind and body, and I feel that emotions may be the missing link because they encompass both mind and matter in such an all encompassing way. I think that any true discussion of the emotions needs to recognise them on this level.
  • Protagoras
    4
    @Kinglord1090

    Trying to get rid of emotions is like trying to get rid of breathing or the sun shining.

    Good luck in your delusions.
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    Yes.
    Use good emotions more and bad emotions less.
    And if its impossible, like happiness and sadness will always be equal kind of thing, just agree that a world void of emotions will be better.
  • TheMadFool
    26
    Good luck in your delusions.Protagoras

    This strikes a chord!
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    Hello. It is currently 12:41 am for me now.
    But i will surely check the track tomorrow.
    Thank you for welcoming me on this site, i feel much appreciated here, even if 99% of the comments are against my belief.
    I will definitely check out your thread as well.

    I apologize but i am not into meditation and stuff.
    I believe that humans can think in a higher consciousness just the way they are, if they try.
    But, i like and respect our view on it.
  • Joshs
    21
    Science begs to differ.
    If we go to the root of all emotions and desires, we are not that different from robots.

    I believe that emotions an
    Kinglord1090

    You’vegot a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the attitude of science , specifically cognitive science , regarding the role of affective with regard
    to thinking.

    According to current accounts, cognitive and affective processes are closely interdependent, with affect, emotion and sensation functioning in multiple ways and at multiple levels to situate or attune the context of our conceptual dealings with the world . According to
    the newer thinking, affective tonality is never absent from cognition. As Ratcliffe(2002) puts it,“moods are no longer a subjective window-dressing on privileged theoretical perspectives but a background that constitutes the sense of all intentionalities, whether theoretical or practical”(p.290). In affecting reason, feeling affects itself.
  • Jack Cummins
    60

    I will let you go and carry on your discussion tomorrow. I frequently get myself into obscure discussions at all times, and have to choose to switch off. You may have entered a zone in which philosophy can become a 24 hour pursuit, but I believe that sleep plays a crucial role,so hope that you can switch off for tonight.
  • Joshs
    21
    Yes, computers and robots are not human.But the inspiration for making them was taken from human brain. Scientists tried to replicate the way a human brain works, and they ended up with computers.
    Which is an undeniable proof that the way a computer works, that is, by logic, is an essential part of humans.
    Kinglord1090

    The inspiration for making them wasn’t the human brain initially. It was models derived from logic and mathematics. We then turned around and tried to model the brain on the calculative principles of our computers. That approach has recently been dumped because psychologists discovered that a brain doesn’t function like a calculating machine. It is intuitive, goal oriented, normative , wholistic, oriented rind what it cares about, what matters to it. These are all things that our computers lack, because we designed them with no concept of the role of afffectivity.

    Did you know that individuals with damage to areas of the brain having to do with affect cannot function effectively, even though their intellectual capacities remain intact? This is because they cannot make any decisions. Nothing matters to them more than anything else so there is no basis for them to choose a path or form a goal.
  • Cheshire
    12
    ....specifically designed to motivate behaviors and bodily responsesKinglord1090
    Here at the end is the part necessary for survival. You have framed the discussion in terms of hard needs and then claimed the emotions accompanying survival are necessary. Do they assist; yes. Do they actually move you out of the way of a train. Well, no. So, you are arguing against your own restrictive OP. As far as I can tell.

    Also, if anything being necessary for survival is an excellent measure for value.Kinglord1090
    Really, you spend 24hrs in a life and death situation?
    I don't think i need to say anymore, but i might as well.Kinglord1090
    Feel free to insert an overarching point any time. The argument seems to be 'my statements are incorrect' by arbitrary measure. Fascinating stuff.

    Food and shelter on the other hand are highly necessary for survival.Kinglord1090
    Are you familiar with the concept of condescending discourse and how under appreciated it remains?
  • Kinglord1090
    2

    I should apologize as I should have mentioned that the trolley problem I was talking about was a modified version by some science show.
    In it the host would go upto random people on the show and ask people about this dilemma.

    There are 2 rail tracks connected to 1 rail track. There are 5 workers on one of the rail tracks, and just 1 person on the other track. A train is about to pass and you are standing by the lever which can change the track, the train will move onto.
    If you decide to not do anything 5 people will die.
    If you pull the lever only 1 person will die.
    Some people answered that they will not pull the lever in this case, probably because of the reasons that you just said, that is, they didn't want to feel responsible for causing someone's death ,as if they hadn't done anything, the 5 people were destined to die anyways.
    Some people decided to pull the lever to kill the 1 person, so that 5 people can survive.
    No matter how you look at it, the second option is the most logical option.
    Also, emotions are at play here because the reason people choose not to do anything is because they dont want to feel guilty. And guilt is an emotion.

    The host then tells them the second stage of the problem.
    What if the person that is alone is someone you know?
    After hearing this, suddenly, a majority of people decide they want to save the 1 person, even if it meant 5 innocent deaths.
    This sudden shift from using logic to not using it because higher emtions were involved is what i meant when i said that emotions often goes against logic.

    I apologize if this isnt exactly how it went in the show, as it has been a while since i watched it, but i was intrigued by it, and i am pretty sure that ths is what had happened.


    The two reasons you gave for rationality aren't correct.
    for one, you just framed emotions into two words that is, fun and happiness and decided to present them as seperate.
    If you think, that thinking rationally is only possible with emotions, you are just wrong.
    Computers and even animals do it everyday, without having emotions at all.

    Yes, I did go overboard with my hypothetical of you killing the entire world for your own peace, it was because there was a communication error between us.
    I thought you were disregarding the trolley problem, but after your last message that has been rectified.
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