Neurotechnology: Emotional Control
One of the areas where the biological revolution will make an indelible impact on society is in the area of emotional control. But what are emotions? Today there still exists broad contention among scientists from various disciplines about what emotions really are. For example, some physiological and cognitive psychologists view emotions as existing within the individual, whereas more interpersonally oriented social psychologists and cultural anthropologists view emotions as being created among people. Within the field of neuroscience there is even debate about the biochemical nature of emotions and location of emotions in the brain. Without diving into too much detail here, emotions at the most simplistic level refer to “feelings.” That is, if asked how I am feeling, my response might include a description of my physical well-being, that my back aches, and/or my emotional state, that I am happy or sad.
I assert that each of us exists among the emotional experiences of the world in which we interact. An emotional experience is an extremely complex construction around which the endless search for the fulfillment of human needs and desires occurs.
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