May 12, 2005

Ooh genuine ponderings….

Contrary to popular opinion I do a lot of ponderings on life. Now I don't want to be all stereotypically student like about the whole situation but sometimes the thoughts need to come out of my head.

So… I've been thinking a lot about how it could be that emotions can cause an actual physical reaction? It started by me thinking about how a joke can make you laugh, and how different jokes make different people laugh. So weird that it would go on in your head but come out in a laugh (or in my case an explusion of air ala muttley).
The same then applies to crying, because how can an event been so moving that you cry? It's something you've seen or heard (like The Notebook, fantastic…rent it now) which then gets translated into a physical reaction such as water coming out of your eyes.
Similarly, how is it that when you are emotionally hurt by something you can actually feel a pain as a result? Like it hurts in your chest and feels kind of hollow? It doesn't seem to make sense. I can understand being confused in the head but to feel a tangible sense of hurt…? Well it's just not fair!
The reverse is also true but less frequent, for example when I feel properly happy I feel like a 'glow' inside and start acting like an idiot. (This is not always attributable to me being happy but more often to me being derranged.)
I guess I find it really odd, and a tad unerving, because I dont know of a good reason. At the same time we would probably be a lot less 'human' without these kinds of reactions and perhaps this is where the idea of there being more to people than just biological beings comes from. That we all have particular personalities that make us react in this way, which wouldn't happen if we were just a collection of cells I think.
That said…different things make different people laugh/cry/hurt. For some people more 'innocent' things make them laugh but for others, for example, laughing at others is what pleases them. What does this say about 'human nature'? That certain people are born with pre-dispositions? That their environment conditions them as such? I know what I think about it but now I'm just throwing around ideas for fun.
Also, its interesting how sense of humour or passions can change over time. Things I used to laugh at I don't find funny now. People who had an emotional effect on me no longer do. Is that a change in your mind or a change in your soul?
I could go on but I'm probably boring right now. How much of this goes on in people's heads that they don't say? I love it. Direct your mindless philosophical ponderings my way. As long as you realise at the end of the day its all meaningless.


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  1. OK, this isn't very philosophical, but I should imagine that it's something to do with hormones. When you experience emotion, the appropriate part of your brain stimulates the production of the appropriate hormone (serotonin, adrenaline etc..) which then enters your system and acts on the various places where it normally acts (ie. adrenaline acts on the heart). The physical side of things can be completely unemotional-i.e. you can normally get one with out the emotional stimulus to a certain extent, however the brain controls pretty much controls everything so it can increase stimulation if there is an emotion.
    Don't know very much about this (brain not really my field) but I should imagine that that's something like it. If it makes any sense!

    Why we have emotion in the first place, that's a far more interesting argument.

    12 May 2005, 07:29


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