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date: 19 January 2022

p. 222. Why Spock could never have evolvedlocked

p. 222. Why Spock could never have evolvedlocked

  • Dylan Evans

Abstract

‘Why Spock could never have evolved’ explains how, ever since Plato, many Western thinkers have tended to view emotions as obstacles to intelligent action. We are all familiar with cases in which an excess of emotion prevents people from acting intelligently. The opposite idea — the positive view of emotion — is the view that emotions are vital for intelligent action. Until recently, this idea had not been popular among philosophers and psychologists, but considerations drawn from evolutionary theory and neuroscience now seem to add support to the positive view. Emotional intelligence involves striking a balance between emotion and reason in which neither is completely in control.

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