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1 Emotions on Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:19 pm

vicster

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What is the purpose of emotions? Why do we have them? Do they have any evolutionary purpose?

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2 Re: Emotions on Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:07 pm

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My thoughts:

Anger can release adrenaline which can help physical attacks so anger has it's origins.
Happiness, indirectly, releases endorphins which can help fight of diseases, interestingly, including cancer.
Sadness, to make sure that when something is done wrong and you live to think about it, making sure it doesn't happen again (in the deeper senses).

And in my way of looking at it, those are three base emotions, everything else is just different amounts of these.

3 Re: Emotions on Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:40 pm

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I think that is a very good answer, Nick.

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4 Re: Emotions on Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:32 pm

EccentricPhilosopher

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Who's Nick? I am EccentricPhilosopher. Very Happy

5 Re: Emotions on Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:38 pm

vicster

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Oops. Haha Wink

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6 Re: Emotions on Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:56 pm

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i think emotions are a defense mechanism, thus defining their evolutionary purpose.

7 Re: Emotions on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:02 am

vicster

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A defense mechanism against what, Hazmta?

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8 Re: Emotions on Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:26 am

Ima Pealover

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Maybe defense mechanisms againg hazardous materials?

9 Re: Emotions on Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:23 pm

vicster

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Haha Very Happy

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10 Re: Emotions on Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:15 am

hazzmta

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defense mechanism against attacks, both physical and emotional.

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