How do emotions interact with reason and sense perception

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How do emotions interact with reason and sense perception? Emotion is our mental and physiological state that connected with a wide range of feelings, thoughts, and behavior. Emotions are subjective experiences, which are often related to our mood, temperament and personality. As emotions are fundamental part of our mind, they always interact with other ways of knowing. This essay is about how emotions interact with reason and sense perception. Our perception can be coloured by our emotions, which is called emotional colouring. It makes us only notice some aspects of the reality, and ignore the others. For example, if we love someone, we usually notice their merits, and ignore their flaws. Oppositely, if we hate someone, we ignore there strengths and only noticed their fault. Moreover, reason can also be negatively affected by our emotions. If we believe something too deeply and with too much passion, we will not be open- minded and we will have a very subjective attitude. For example, terrorists believe that they can
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Unformatted text preview: go to heaven after they kill a lot of people with suicide bomb, and they refuse to admit their superstition. According to rationalizations, powerful emotions lead to biased perception, and biased perception leads to fallacious reasoning. For example, a person has an emotional prejudice against black people. He only noticed black people who are unreasonable, but he overlooks rational black people, which is a biased perception. He then immediately makes generalizations about black people from his own limited experience, which is a fallacious reasoning. In conclusion, emotions can distort our ability of perceive clearly and think objectively. We can only look at reality in a balanced and objective way by having no emotions at all. This state is called apathy, and in which our mind could think about the reality in a calm and untroubled way....
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This note was uploaded on 12/31/2011 for the course PHIL 130 taught by Professor Waynejones during the Spring '11 term at Ave Maria.

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