scientists from various disciplines examine emotion from various angles but they are hampered by the need to use scientific methods postulating and proving with scientific tools and measures
but the scientific examination of emotions is at an early stage with pet scans able to indicate local brain activity in relation to reported states of emotion
the start of the investigation of emotions is with the question how did emotions come about?
it seems unlikely that science will yield an answer to this soon
the alternative to scientific experiment to answer this question is to use the most complex instrument we know of... the human brain... our own mind
this is what philosophers do... but they don't ask the right questions because they consider that emotions are generated from our conscious selves
but emotions are not generated by our conscious selves, our cortex our cortex shows items to our amygdala like a flat tyre, a beautiful body, a failed exam... our amygdala then responds the emotions are produced only by our amygdala our cortex just delivers items, triggers, grist to the mill... for our amygdala to decide on... good or bad nice or nasty
so philosophers think that amygdala and cortex are interlinked in a way that can't be teased apart.
they do this because emotions are so adept at completely overwhelming and deceiving our minds
no thought, word or action would ever arise without our having the want of it because all we ever can do is want... to be happy and every activity of our mind is directed by this... wherever our attention turns, emotion is directing this examining the result and considering a response.
this gives us the impression that our conscious mind is making the emotion after all " I looked at the accident scene, and naturally, I was horrified" this process all seems at a similar level and conscious but it isn't the parts that the amygdala wants to reveal to the cortex it will, the rest... it will not
your interest to look at the accident scene you didn't think about it you just did it because you wanted to why because your amygdala said so why happiness rewards curiosity no matter how ghoulish
you examined the accident scene no you didn't your cortex can only say...broken windscreen, broken leg etc what examined the scene was your amygdala but you thought it was you
you were then horrified no your amygdala registered horror you are just the instrument that displays horror
thus our cortex and amygdala are not intertwined in an unresolvable tangle they are in a master and servant relationship
the amygdala drives drenches and drags our every thought while the cortex, completely hoodwinked, thinks it is the master
our conscious mind is like a toddler encouraged to seek experiences stealthily led through the examination of the experiences and allowed to believe that the response to the experience is from our conscious mind... this leads to our cortex think that cortex and amygdala are all much the same,
but it is all purely from our amygdala... all the leading into, experiencing and responding to everything
(in fact most people don't even think about these things at all)
so, like most people, philosophers only see one type of mind at work and they then go into discussion of concepts and categories of thoughts and emotions and end up with a pointless semantic mish mash
so they don't notice the important point... that our conscious mind does not make emotions and that emotions start, mix with and draw all mental acivity
therefore the only creator of emotions since they are not created by our conscious mind, our cortex is dna
if emotions were the product of our conscious mind we would simply choose to be permanently happy which obviously we can't
given that emotions arrive in us all independent of our conscious will without our being aware of the arrival, create states which we would reject if possible have vast influence on our lives but have huge autonomy
then they are not our conscious invention if not made by our conscious mind then the only designer must be dna
the next worthwhile question is why did dna make emotions?