pure reason is an efficient manipulation of a limited set of emotional states within one’s own mind

Oh I agree. My goal in life is to “be understood” and I suspect that’s a common life-goal with each interaction. Who wants to be misunderstood? [well some people prefer it… it gives them freedom]

Emotional states – that’s a very good point. My critique of the concept of pure reason is precisely that: It’s emotional states that push even the “purest of Reason” into the “TRUE” OR “FALSE” category – or rather, any category.

It’s the emotion of certainty. “This fits an existing template and goes _here_”

But it’s a feeling. To me, pure reason is an efficient manipulation of a limited set of emotional states within one’s own mind (or simulating that manipulation of a limited set of emotional states on paper… or building machines (like computers) which mimic the same limited set of human emotional states in a machine).

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