Emotions

Emotions – sometimes they save the day, and at other times are the source of embarrassment or outright disaster. Whether regarded as an initiator of success or source of failure, emotions are necessary. That is because emotions provide the illogical response necessary to address that portion of reality that is non-deterministic. When reality exceeds our ability to make sense, in lieu of emotions, we would behave like computer algorithms, stuck in infinite compute loops. For humans, emotions represent an effective mechanism for dealing with high uncertainty and complexity circumstances that would otherwise constitute veritable traps of logic. Quite simply, we have been able to get where we are today more based on our ability to ignore logic than follow it. Every leap of faith that preceded a ground breaking innovation had an emotional impulse behind it. Progress is in effect humanity’s recurring impulse to cut the Gordian Knot.

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