Thursday, September 10, 2015
Instinct, Emotion, and Reason
Emotions are also tools of the mind along with the cognitive tool of reason, but many thinkers virtually cut off emotions. Both emotions and reason are needed in finding the truth through a process of synthesizing them. To cut off emotions is to seek only half the truth. Intuition seems to come out of the zone of emotions, and intuitions can often be the first glimpse of creativity and truth.
The laws of causality in nature can be blocked or rejected by the emotionless hyper-rationalism of many thinkers in religion, philosophy and science, which is why they seek ideals and goals that have little to do with nature, or human nature, other than as the unconscious subterfuges of men.
Those who feature the mind in religion, philosophy and science often block the instincts. We are not computers, and this is why we should not be ruled by computers (or computer engineers) in forming our most important values. Emotions are validated by reason, but reason is still a tool of the instincts and emotions, just as computers are a tool, and not the other way around.
When the whole body is considered, then reason can be seen as more of an effect than a cause. Reason alone is a half-brain. The unconscious mind, intuition and emotion are more meta-rational or super-rational, and not really irrational.
This synthesizing of instincts, emotions and reason seems to be the process involved in seeing the material Spirit-Will within life activating material life to evolve to supermaterial Godhood, which is at the foundation of theological materialism.