Book-Launch: The Emotional Mind. The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition

The fourth event of the EMOTIONAL BONDS Series is coming up! Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel will introduce their book “The Emotional Mind. The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition”.

Thursday 23 May 2019, 15.00-17.00
HRI Seminar RoomUniversity of Sheffield

Synopsis: Tracing the leading role of emotions in the evolution of the mind, a philosopher and a psychologist pair up to reveal how thought and culture owe less to our faculty for reason than to our capacity to feel. Many accounts of the human mind concentrate on the brain’s computational power. Yet, in evolutionary terms, rational cognition emerged only recently. Many of the distinctive behaviors and social structures of our species are best discerned through the lens of emotions. Even the roots of so much that makes us uniquely human―art, mythology, religion―can be traced to feelings of caring, longing, fear, loneliness, awe, rage, lust, playfulness, and more. Using affective neuroscience and ecological psychology, Asma and Gabriel will argue that emotions have intentionality, and that the mind is neither a computer nor a collection of innate modules.  

15.00-16.00 Talk by Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel
16.00-17.00 Q&A
17.00-18.00 Pub with speakers

Find out more on the event, venue and Emotional Bonds in general, by clicking here.