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Emotion vs Reason: TOK

grade 11 TOK - pres #1
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Rachel Pan

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of Emotion vs Reason: TOK

Emotion vs. Reason
Emotion
Instinctive
Natural
inborn feelings
social consciousness
Reason
Logical thought process
other options are considered
"High Reason"
To what extent are our beliefs based on our emotions?
Abortion
Impulsive
Emotions are felt immediately
Reason requires logical analysis and thought
people revert to their emotions because its simpler
it is easier to manipulate someone with emotions
initial impressions
Instinctive
emotions are hardwired into our brains
something we're born with
we empathize and identify with others naturally
we are social creatures
Campaigns use this to their advantage
The Seal Hunt
Perspectives
PETA
Emotion
appeals to our protective instincts
Language (WoK)
Rhetoric and imagery to provoke response

Reason
still have reasonable arguments
however, still usage of emotional language and imagery

Inuit
Emotion
exists, but not to PETA's extent
we empathize with the Inuit community
no strong emotions aroused

Reason
economic, cultural implications of the hunt
Commercial
Emotion
nothing for us to identify with
less emotional and no strong emotion involved

Reason
rely more on this
arguments are mostly reason based
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/fur/canadian-seal-slaughter/
So Emotion...or Reason?
Emotion tends to over-ride reason
our opinions are based on who we identify with:
the mother or the fetus?
we will lean towards whatever side our emotions tell us
The Atomic Bomb
impulse decision making
short term effects first
despite strong arguments on both sides - initial reaction is emotional
human results are more important than others
Cognitive Dissonance Theory

"X is wrong, but X makes me feel good, so now I'm conflicted and don't know whether or not I should do X" (the beliefs are inconsistent and contradictory)
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