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Is emotion a barrier to reason or is it reasons' companion on the path of knowledge? Reason and emotion are, most of the time, two conflicting forces. Emotion itself sometimes acts as a barrier to reason, and can even manipulate your rational thought processes. Reason as a way of knowing is usually independent of emotion, and tends to work better that way: "The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason"1. However, it is also apparent that these two forces can complement each other in becoming the justification behind the moral ethical system. Knowledge is the psychological result of facts, information and skills acquired through a variety of different ways of knowing. In order to answer the topic question, one must assess different areas of knowledge to see how these two areas of knowing work in relation to each other. In the case of mathematics, when these two ways of knowing are compared, it is blatant that reasoning serves the most prominent role, and emotion seems to not play any role at all. For example, when one is trying to deduct or prove a statement, one goes about using sequential and logical steps to reach the final consensus. ...read more.


However, upon viewing the English translation of the lyrics, I found that the literal meaning is completely different to upheld subjective meaning. Additionally I found that my initial interpretation made more sense to me and carried much more meaning in comparison to the latter meaning which I developed through reason. Thus, emotion can in fact act as a good indicator for certain areas of knowledge, and this is true in many of the arts; such as the use of provocative visuals in movie-making, using emotive techniques in poems and prose, and using certain tunes in music. When it comes to the area of history, the conflict between reason and emotion becomes much more apparent. It is reasoning that plays the major role in modern history, because we are able to analyse and understand the causes and effects of past events. However, often in history we find that there are many conflicting or differing views regarding certain problems of the past and we come to realise that reasoning determines how you know history, while emotions determine what you know. This means that when events are retold, they become so sullied with emotion that they tend to influence your beliefs on the matter. ...read more.


So it is clear that a combination of reason and emotion as ways of knowing would better justify the ethical area of knowledge, where they would work in synergy instead of conflict. In conclusion, for one to analyse the effectiveness of emotion and reason as a way of knowing, the target area of knowledge must be considered. When we examine reasoning we are forced to accept the fact that it is no more than a means for human endeavour, meaning it will involve trial and error, thus reasoning carries a great possibility encountering falsehoods. On the other hand emotion is simply a state of mind that has great influence on belief, where one is to act in the name of something, believing is all they need, and not necessarily the truth behind it. Therefore, a correct balance of the two ways of knowing is necessary to achieve an optimised position in the path of knowledge. "The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is: curiosity" - Edmund Burke - Mohamad Montather Naji 1 Marya Mannes - http://thinkexist.com/quotations/emotion/2.html 2 Immanuel Kant - http://www.ccac.ca/en/CCAC_Programs/ETCC/Module02/03.html ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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