Upheavals of Thought

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"Upheavals of though - The intelligence of emotions" by Martha C. Nussbaum

This is a book that seeks to explain the role and function of emotions in our lives. Are emotions simply animal energies or impulses with no connections to our thoughts? Or are they rather suffused with intelligence and discernment, and thus a source of deep understanding and awareness?

In this book, Martha Nussbaum argues that emotions are not alien forces but highly discriminating responses to what is of value and importance to us. The emotion is our body's way of telling us the significance and affect of a particular situation, and in this way helps us to come up with the apropriate response. This way of thinking neatly dovetails with that of Antonio Damasio (The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness; Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain).

Want to build one of my designs?

I am flattered but would also like us to agree on a few rules.

My designs are the best I can make them, including reliability and safety. A lot of effort, time and money goes into them, and I enjoy doing it.

Nevertheless, I have obviously no control over how, where or when somebody would use a design of me. Therefore, I cannot guarantee that it will do as advertised in all cases and circumstances. I also have to decline any and all responsibility for any damages, direct or consequential, resulting from the use of my designs. Sorry about that, but that's how my lawyer wants it...

If you want to build one for your own use, go ahead. It would be nice if you would let me know how it all works out.

If you like to use one of my designs for a commercial product, we can discuss the terms of such use. If you plan to make money out of them, I would like to have some compensation for my work and effort as well. Or, if you are in need of a design consultant for a project, let me know. I’m sure we can work something out to mutual benefit.