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Logic vs Emotion. Logic and emotions are both considered a way of knowing and are both used in various areas of knowledge

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TOK Essay Logic vs. Emotion "What to do when your head says go but your heart says no." It can be firstly established that the 'head' refers to the logical thinking mind and the 'heart' refers to the intrapersonal emotions. This statement simply questions the reliability of logic/reason versus the reliability of emotions. Logic and emotions are both considered a way of knowing and are both used in various areas of knowledge. However, how we use and view them are quite different. Firstly, I wish to discuss these ways of knowing individually; what exactly they are in the sense of knowledge; why we as humans need them and how we apply them. Then based on knowledge of TOK and personal insight, I wish to compare them and deduce whether one is a stronger way of knowing over the other. We are known to be 'logical beings' for we consciously and subconsciously use logic and reasoning everyday in our lives. ...read more.

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This leads to the concept of inductive reasoning whereby we are able to draw patterns and foresee possible outcomes though they may not be certain. For example, we may think today is going to rain due to the fact that it has rained every day since four days ago. These cognitive processes allow us to filter things that are important and things that can be ignored. Logic plays an important role in most areas of knowledge save maybe ethics and arts. Logic is imperative, especially for sciences and math that solely rely on logical thinking, reasoning and the ability to draw patterns; all of this is to do with true, justified answers (quite like knowledge: true justified belief). Emotion is a way of knowing that is rarely associated with the way we attain knowledge as it is the mood or temperament of our physical selves. One usually sees attaining knowledge through perhaps logic or language. ...read more.

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This brings in the concepts such as "listen to your heart" and "don't let your emotions cloud your judgment." These statements are based on truth as sometimes, emotions do know better for a person, especially for making big decisions such as getting married. Similarly, people often should avoid letting their emotions get the better of them; such advise is strongly given to gamblers. Due note that this essay is being written through logical thinking and reasoning, and very little to do with emotion, thankfully. However, this just shows the practicality of logic in writing essays, a way of knowing in sciences. Therefore I can conclude emotion and logic can be split into different areas of knowledge based on which area is more applicable for the particular situation. Human sciences, language and math rely almost solely on logical thinking and reasoning. Arts and Ethics lean more towards emotions though have a logical foundation that holds its ideology together. The situation is the underlying factor between logic and emotion in decision-making. Therefore it is purely dependent on the situation the individual is in. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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