Searching for Spinoza, neuroscientist Antonio damasio. Interesting read. Valuable to James. Much good and many Mines to step on.
He is drawn to Spinoza and now so am I.
Scientific integrity and Brilliant on the part of damasio. Emotions are largely automatic. Virtually every species has them. Feelings are a more recent development that enable higher developed nervous systems to deal with those otherwise unconscious intangible emotions. They are in a sense the language and the manageable attributes of the automatic emotions.
Minefield? Damacio is a wonderful cerebral cortex. But not much of a developed limbic system, soul. At times he does a remarkable job of speaking clinically About Soul. But not being a highly developed soul he is Clumsy, word salad, and unintentionally disrespectful and dismissive of soul. He is deeply drawn to Spinoza, but in the end, he has to reduce Spinosa, possibly a highly developed Soul, to elements of cerebral cortex. And if the reader does not understand this then they are there by encouraged to dismiss Soul as well. So often. George vaillant. Karen Armstrong. Certainly Brock and Parker.
James got terribly thrown off balance by a very unhappy body tonight. Important learning experience. Of course it's not his body's fault. Looks like it's set off quite a storm. Because James was not operating it properly it got really really uncomfortable, it just would not approach the performance of recent voyages. James didn't know what to do. So his soul rather than remain as loving supervisor entirely in mashed in the Affairs of the body. Not a very good example except that it is recoverable and an important learning experience.
And some level of recovery is occurring.