"Pure reason a disease?"

Dave Munger at Cognitive Daily points out the new respect psychology and neuroscience has for emotion.

I linked to the same article recently in the post, "Evidence: No Feeling, No Thought," and touched again on the issue in the context of investing in the future of children .

I bring it to your attention because there are several thoughtful reader comments below his post - one person distinguishes between "hot" and "cold" reasoning and the kind of emotion of involved. A couple people also react strongly to the sentiment expressed in the Boston Globe article, Hearts and Minds, and excerpted at Cognitive Daily, that "proper thinking requires emotion," that "pure reason is a disease."

Strong statement to be sure, but like skepticism, reason detached from the imaginative mind goes nowhere - or anywhere.

Notwithstanding those philosophical qualms, there are, in fact, important differences between our wetware and silicon. And as Cognitive Edge, another cognitive blog, tells it, silica-based devices will only exceed humans in intelligence if we meet them halfway.