More than a feeling: why our emotions are crucial to the way we think | Leonard Mlodinow

More than a feeling: why our emotions are crucial to the way we think | Leonard Mlodinow

More than a feeling: why our emotions are crucial to the way we think | Leonard Mlodinow 150 150 icnagency

By: Leonard Mlodinow | More than a feeling: why our emotions are crucial to the way we think | Leonard Mlodinow | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Contrary to what Charles Darwin once argued, emotions enhance our process of reasoning and aid decision-making

Charles Darwin created the most successful theory in the history of biology: the theory of evolution. He was also responsible for another grand theory: the theory of emotion, which dominated his field for more than a century. That theory was dead wrong.

The most important tenet of his theory was that the mind consists of two competing forces, the rational and the emotional. He believed emotions played a constructive role in the lives of non-human animals, but in humans emotions were a vestige whose usefulness had been largely superseded by the evolution of reason.

Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist and author of EMOTIONAL: The New Thinking about Feelings

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