Feelings: what's the point of rational thought if emotions always take over?
It may seem like life would be easier this way, but evolution has supported the development of feeling and thinking exactly because we need them both.
Feelings handle our desires and needs now (immediate decisions when danger is imminent), while rationality is preserving our interests and wellbeing in the future (we would lose interest in anything that doesn’t provide us with instant pleasure without it).
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Sometimes, the right decision becomes crystal clear when put into these terms.
Emotions and intuition are not fallible tools that always need to be ignored or even corrected by rational faculties,.
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Research suggests that the brain is a large predictive machine, constantly comparing incoming sensory information and current experiences against stored knowledge and memories of previous experiences, and predicting what will come next. This is described in what scientists call the “predictive processing framework”.
This ensures that the brain is always as prepared to deal with the current situation as optimally as possible.
Even groundbreaking scientific research may start with intuitive knowledge that enables scientists to formulate innovative ideas and hypotheses, which later can be validated through rigorous testing and analysis.