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This episode is a short introduction to the idea that our emotions are an essential part of our intelligence.
- We discuss the basic emotions, based on the work of anthropologist Paul Eckman.
- We learn about culturally-learned emotions, such as "being a wild pig," which is observed among the Gurumba people of New Guinea.
- Paul Griffiths introduced the idea of "higher cognitive emotions."
- Emotions seem to exist on a continuum from the highly innate basic emotions to the culturally specific emotions.
- The work of Joseph Ledoux and Antonio Damasio reveal that our emotions are an important element of normal intelligence.
- We consider how fear actually follows two pathways in the brain.
- We consider the role of the limbic system including the amygdala.
- We consider the relationship between emotions and mood.
- We consider how mood affects memory and decision making.
- We briefly consider the question of whether computers could ever display emotions.
The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness (2000), by Antonio Damasio.