On Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:59:54 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote:
>  On 9/2/2012 5:01 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote: 
> On Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:43:50 PM UTC-4, Alberto G.Corona wrote: 
>>  *Where is the revulsion, disgust, and blame - the stigma and 
>> shaming...the deep and violent prejudices? Surely they are not found in the 
>> banal evils of game theory. ** * 
>>  In the book I referred, it is described the evolutionary role of 
>> sentiments. Sentiments are the result of mostly unconscious processing. See 
>> for example the cheating detection mechanism in this book, which has been 
>> subject to an extensive set of test. and there are many papers about 
>> cheater detection. cheater detection is a module of logical reasoning 
>> specialized for situations where a deal can be broken.  It exist because 
>> cheater detection is critical in some situations and it must necessary to 
>> react quickly. Its effect is perceived by the conscious as anger of fear, 
>> depending on the situation.
> That's not the point. It doesn't matter how tightly the incidence of 
> sentiment or emotion is bound with evolutionary function, I would expect 
> that given the fact of emotion's existence. The problem that needs to be 
> answered is given a universe of nothing but evolutionary functions, why 
> would or how could anything like an emotion arise? 
> When an amoeba detects a gradient of salinity and moves in the less saline 
> direction does it have a feeling?

I imagine that it does. Not much like a feeling we could relate to as human 
beings, but there is an experience there and it has more qualitative depth 
to it than when a steel needle interacts with a gradient of salinity, but 
less depth than when an animal's tongue encounters salinity.



> Brent

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