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Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and or undermine reasoning as a way of knowing

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"Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and or undermine reasoning as a way of knowing" Psychologist/scientists now-a-days increasingly view emotion as a safeguard of survival and an enrichment of experience throughout development. Emotional expression provides a powerful communication system, one that is especially important in the early childhood stage of life before language has been developed. An infant's cry of distress brings a caregiver running; a baby's joyful smile invites love and care in its surrounding. As these developments proceeds, voice, face, gesture, and posture continue to communicate feelings to others and to influence their behavior. A scream of fear can cause a crowd to panic; a smile can sometimes defuse the most dangerous of situations and create instant bonding among strangers. Yet at times our emotions can get out of control and defeat our best interests. Emotion gives us experience and we learn from the different forms of emotion in which we encounter but can this change our direction and ways of knowing? What are the ways in which emotion might enhance and/or undermine reasoning as a way of knowing? Emotions can both help and hurt the process of reasoning. ...read more.

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His ideology made a person believe something that isn't true: the murder of all Jews was essential for the purification and the salvation of the German people. Many German citizens must have truly felt that the Jewish people were the blame for all there troubles, focusing on the knowledge that supports only their position and therefore emotion, once again undermined reasoning by making you want to believe something that isn't true. Emotions can also enhance our ability to reason. First, emotions are motivating. They can motivate you to concentrate on particular topics that are important to you. They work well to encourage thinking in the areas that are important and impact your life. For example, the way we feel about ourselves greatly influences the way we perceive the world around us. If you are feeling down and worthless, you may perceive a comment as evidence of this belief. Thus, results you to hear the comment as an attack or put-down. You may in spur-of-the-moment, get angry at the person because of this perception. Though, on the other hand if you had been feeling good and happy with yourself and the world around you, the statement would have been perceived as something less attacking. ...read more.

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It may be that there are things you are overlooking in your current reasoning. Or it may be that your previous reasoning was flawed in some respect (for instance, you lacked important information), and so your programmed responses are incorrect. In this way, emotions can help you to double-check your reasoning. To conclude: "[Emotion] has the advantage of being open to all, the weak and the lowly, the illiterate and the scholar. It is seen to be as efficacious as any other method and is sometimes said to be stronger than the others, since it is its own fruition, while other methods are means to some other ends." (Bhagavad Gita) Although emotions play a key role in aiding our ability to understand human actions and feelings, many people argue that emotions also cloud our perception and create biased images of the occurrences that take place in peoples' lives. Emotions are very useful tools in aiding the human pursuit of knowledge, but at the same time care must be taken because this emotion that allows us to understand deeper meanings in life can also destroy our ability to see objectively. This can lead to misunderstanding of gaining knowledge. There must be a balance between subjective and objective reasoning before absolute truths can be uncovered. ...read more.

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