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New Member Tournament: Emotion is a form of Intelligence

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Lickdafoot
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Started: 8/14/2011 Category: Science
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Lickdafoot

Pro

I will be debating that emotion is a form of intelligence. Con will be debating that emotion is not a form of intelligence.

Round 1: Acceptance, definitions, opening statement, clarifications
Round 2: Arguments, rebuttals
Round 3: Rebuttals, closing statements


Emotion: a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body [1]

Intelligence: the capacity for understanding; ability to perceive and comprehend meaning [2]

So we see that emotion is a subjective understanding resulting in intentional behavior, which requires (and is the basis for) intelligence. I will expand on this in the next round, and I look forward to hearing my opponent's viewpoints on how this is not so.


1. http://dictionary.reference.com......
2. http://dictionary.reference.com......
Phoenix_Reaper

Con

I accept this debate and wish my opponent good luck.

Definitions.

In addition to my opponents definitions I would like to tag these ones as well.

Emotion - an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.

Intelligence - capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.

Opening Statement

Emotion in it's own self is strongly subjective to moments in life which leads to a strong bias in the situation. This bias is what assists in it not being a form on intelligence. In addition to the aforementioned intelligence is gained throughout life, in other words learned, more so than emotion. Emotion is within the human psyche that grows, not learns, to life.

I pass it on to my opponent to begin arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
Lickdafoot

Pro

I would like to first point out that my opponent used definitions which differentiate emotional expression from cognitive abilities. While this is the case to a certain extent, in regards to emotions being separate from a logical form of thinking, emotions do in fact use the cognitive faculties and operate in cohesion with the brain's thought patterns.


The science of emotion


We need to understand what is going on in our bodies when we feel an emotion. When we experience a stimuli, sensory nerves send impulses through the spinal chord into our brain. The brain then sends information back to the motor nerves, which allow us to perform corresponding actions.

To break it down a bit further, the nerve impulses travel through the limbic system, towards the frontal cortex where the emotions are monitored. The limbic system is very complex and different areas are activated depending on the type of emotion being felt. Simultaneously, the Hypothalamus is triggered, which processes the physiological effects. (for example sweaty palms, heart rate increase, etc.) [1]

This is an immediate response which processes an external event and causes both a mental and physical reaction. These emotions are allowing us to engage in our environment and make the choices that allow us to survive the situation.


The need of emotion for survival


We can break emotions, in their most simplest form, down to the flight or fight instinct. This process can be found in the most basic animal brain structures and is one of our most prominent emotional reactions which influence our survival. This instinct takes place in the archiballum, which most animals, from birds to lizards, have. We know that in order for this reaction to be effective, one has to be able to gauge whether or not the situation is appropriate for fighting or fleeing. Their bodies need to act accordingly with their brain to make a snap decision. So, we know an animal who responds correctly to the flight or fight instinct will be more equip at survival, and will be the more intelligent animal.

But life and emotions are more complicated than this, and this is where the limbic system plays its part. The limbic system can be found in mammals, arguably the more intelligent class of animals. For instance, the Hippocampus is the area in the limbic system involved with memories. We know that our subjective emotional reactions tie in strongly with our memories. We tend to remember those things which stimulate us most effectively, and have a stronger emotional reaction in us. Emotional responses can trigger our memory, and being emotionally stimulated to focus can help us to store our memories more efficiently.

Emotions are used for survival in many different ways. Darwin was one of the first to recognize the importance of emotion, claiming that they were crucial for survival and adaptation. [2] We use emotions to gauge our surroundings, come to conclusions and decisions, and act in a way that will be the most beneficial towards us. We need emotion to interact and understand our peers. We need emotion to understand our own motivations and desires.


Emotions can be learned and controlled



Like logical thinking, emotions can be improved upon, learned, and controlled to get the optimum reward from them. When we think back about a past emotional experience, we can tell whether our emotions worked in favor with our desired outcome. We can then go on to alter our emotional responses in a way that is more conducive to what we are trying to achieve.

For instance, say a friend planned to meet you at your local hangout at 3:00. You get yourself ready, drive down to the spot, get out, and wait for your friend. Ten minutes pass and you start to feel impatient. Another 10 minutes pass and you start feeling angry. Your body is responding to the situation and telling you to make an action. You decide to call your friend and yell at them. A blowup happens and you start name calling, your friend feels demeaned by the situation because they had a legitimate excuse for being late. They hang up on you and the two of you don't speak to each other again. This was your emotional reaction getting in your way of optimum enjoyment in life. Now, a few months pass and a similar situation arises with another friend. You start getting impatient and annoyed, but you also remember back to what happened with the last friend and it gives you another feeling of sadness and guilt. So this time instead of yelling at your friend, you decide to leave the hangout spot. When the friend calls and asks where you are, you tell them that you spent too much time waiting, and had other things to do. The friend might apologize and be more inclined to be on time the next time you two hang out.

Now you used your emotions to handle the situation in a more intelligent, successful way. You can also use your emotions to relate to people, get your point across, make music, encourage others, teach others, learn, and numerous other assets of life.


Emotions are intentional



Intentionality is a philosophical term that arised from Jeremy Bentham in order to relay the idea that conscious intelligence requires an act that is intentional. What this essentially means is that mental capabilities are focused on an object in the environment. We direct our love towards a person, we direct our study towards a subject, etc. This object-oriented focus is exclusive to mental consciousness. Therefore, we can judge whether or not something is intelligent by its intentionality.

We know that emotions have intentionality. Something happens in our environment which stimulates our emotions, which cause us to act accordingly. Intentionality is a way to determine intelligence, and emotion passes the test. [3]


1. http://www.healing-arts.org...
2. http://en.wikipedia.org...
3. http://plato.stanford.edu...
Phoenix_Reaper

Con

Phoenix_Reaper forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Lickdafoot

Pro

Since my opponent forfeited, I won't post anything else.
Phoenix_Reaper

Con

Phoenix_Reaper forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by seraine 5 years ago
seraine
@F-16_Fighting_Falcon

I like to (attempt to) be humorous on forfeited debates.
Posted by seraine 5 years ago
seraine
@F-16_Fighting_Falcon

I like to (attempt to) be humorous on forfeited debates.
Posted by F-16_Fighting_Falcon 5 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct: Con used the f word three times against his opponent and called her a n1gger. Sources: Pro used legitimate sources, while Con had the audacity to use the onion and cracked. S and G: "Dragons are obviouslie not reel because of the fosil rekord". Need I say more? Arguments: Every one of Con's arguments came down to "If 3+3=6, dragons are not real." However, that obviously is not true.

Are we talking about the same debate?
Posted by Lickdafoot 5 years ago
Lickdafoot
sure, they could be the same person, but wouldn't have to be. those two things are not dependent upon each other. a lot of our emotional processing is done automatically, without logical thought. so someone looking at their emotions logically isn't necessarily responding in the best way.
Posted by Mestari 5 years ago
Mestari
Sure, but how about this:
Person A always does the most logical thing possible.
Person B always applies his emotions in the most logical way possible.

Would you argue that they could be the same person?
Posted by Mestari 5 years ago
Mestari
Sure, but how about this:
Person A always does the most logical thing possible.
Person B always applies his emotions in the most logical way possible.

Would you argue that they could be the same person?
Posted by Lickdafoot 5 years ago
Lickdafoot
all people are* flawed
Posted by Lickdafoot 5 years ago
Lickdafoot
its not really the emotion thats biased, its understanding and application of the emotion that makes it bias. ie. all people all flawed, just like a lot of people are flawed in thinking illogically.
Posted by Mestari 5 years ago
Mestari
How is it that emotion would ever not fall into the same bias?
Posted by Lickdafoot 5 years ago
Lickdafoot
@ mestari, interesting question you raised. that would be a case of emotional bias, where emotion is getting in the way of logic. emotional intelligence is the way in which we combine those to things to a cohesion (through working with our own emotional responses.) would have probably gotten to this more extensively if the debate could have been carried out.
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit...in the new member tournament.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct: Con used the f word three times against his opponent and called her a n1gger. Sources: Pro used legitimate sources, while Con had the audacity to use the onion and cracked. S and G: "Dragons are obviouslie not reel because of the fosil rekord". Need I say more? Arguments: Every one of Con's arguments came down to "If 3+3=6, dragons are not real." However, Pro showed that that obviously does not follow, and there is no reason that 3+3=6 would cause dragons to not be real.
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit. However, if Pro's arguments are true, am I allowed to give an empathetic vote to Phoenix due to his neglected childhood and constant abuse and consider it intellectual? He was raised by wolves you know... And not like the ones in twilight either. Just thought.
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit :B
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Reasons for voting decision: BOOOOOOO! Forfeit on a tournament, bad form.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con presented no real argument at all and forfeited two rounds. Lickdafoot For da win!
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's argument was so good it scared Con off the site.