The Surprising Intelligence of Our Emotions

Christopher D. Sessums, Weblog, Jan 27, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Chris Sessums says the emotions "are often translated into prophetic feelings that serve as a handy cognitive tool." Maybe, but it is important to treat them as you would any other sensation, that is, with a hearty scepticism. Just because the ice looks safe, doesn't mean it is. Don't follow your emotions (or your hunches or instincts) blindly, and use common sense. Understand the strengths of your neural net (pattern recognition) along with its critical weaknesses (inference).
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