From: Chris Lofting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat 17 Jun 2006 - 12:34:34 GMT
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> It's very arguable whether emotions are genetically determined. Some
> emotive responses are, but the actual emotions are socially mediated.
Sort of, IMHO you are missing some detailed analysis. The HARD CODING of the
fight/flight dichotomy is well researched with the resulting
self-referencing of that dichotomy eliciting the full spectrum of 'hard
coded' emotions in generic form of:
Analysis of the derivation of categories from fight/flight show that
flight/fight to be a particular expression of a life form dealing with
context - to REPLACE or to COEXIST with that context.
The REPLACE focus comes out of differentiating and links to positive
feedback bias. The PAIRS formed in the self-referencing give us, for
example, anger/love sharing the same space, they both communicate dealings
with context replacement - be it by eradication or replication (drown out
the opposition with copies of self).
These fight/flight emotions are spread across other neuron-dependent life
forms but are best refined in us, such that, with further self-referencing,
finer distinctions are possible (and so from generic 'anger' comes
self-respect, competitiveness, singlemindedness etc where the genetics
interacts with nurture)
With the birth of a human child (and to some degree with primate infants) a
sense of self develops manifesting itself at about 24 months. WITH this
development come emotions dependent on that sense of self for expression
(e.g. the emotion of embarrassment). I think it is THIS area that you associate with culturally-determined emotions in that interactions with context will 'guide' development of self and so those emotions dependent upon that sense of self.
Since the derived emotions come out of the genetically-determined emotions
(as in are refinements of the genetics, with 'unique' forms of expression mapped to the unique sense of self), given a genetically-determined emotional stimulus it can 'seed' or 'stimulate' the expression of a more developed, self-oriented, emotion.
For refs to the 'hard coded' element, together with my analysis of
categories derived from dichotomisations, see
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