So many papers I’m running into that believe we are apparition! I swear, if out of body living were possible, these folks would never come home. Some are great to read, but most are frustrating. Example, Papers with Studies attempting to disprove — by argument or empirical data — the reality of the emotional connection with Fiction Novels.
“We do not see the world as it is, but as we are.” — Anians Nin
What I continue to find intriguing though, is how quickly we become immaterial as I read these academic papers. As if the autonomic nervous system pumped blood for us, in the other room, and let us be, to think, and ponder, and delineate the heavens from the stars. We say things like ‘words have power’, but we don’t mean power over us. Not on the physical level. You can’t just say a word, and have people physically respond. That’s Harry Potter nonsense.
But words do have power, and you will respond, always. And wizards do exist. Words have power, and there are lists of powerful words out there.
But even in the mild vocabularies, words have power. Like yawn. Yawn isn’t a command, or even a verb really. No one is yawning in front of you, so this is fiction. It’s good. Yawn is the name of an action, a common event; mundane, easy, safe. Yawning happens all the time. Yawning isn’t even a discomfort. Some people like to yawn. So, yawn offers no threat, no cohesion, nothing. Yet, when one person yawns, other people yawn. It happens. There is no, why. It just happens, and when yawning people spread their yawns on the page, you don’t have to see them, do you?
No, you don’t. You’ll yawn in an empty room, just like we were all there together. Just as your emotions are with you now, and it’s a wonder that this is questioned, when you have never had a moment, the space of an inhale, in which you did not have a correlating emotional response. Because, Anians Nin is correct. Absolutely correct. We don’t see the world as it is, we’re never given the opportunity.
They’re always on. Emotions. The only reason they would absent, would be through an absolute absence of the chemicals, which spurn and are spurned by them. Emotional awareness occurs and responds before cognizant awareness has its shoes on. Your emotional self has it’s own eyes. No, I mean real eyes, your eyes in fact.
A secondary optic nerve, which connects straight into Emotions Central areas of your mind. no Where else. You’ll never have a thought about what you feel first. Straight to the autonomic nervous system, at three times the speed, rushing into primal areas with with chumb we call ‘visual stimulation,’. All of the other senses are processed by the autonomic nervous system first as well. Processed and felt before your mind is aware of the existence…
Speed of emotion is much faster than thought, as well — 13 mil seconds faster. On that level? Logic should have stayed in bed. So, yes.
Which of course suggests we’ve had it backwards all this time — the fiction authors were right, and the poets and the playwrights — emotional responses to every word, every statement their valence set before you area aware enough to read them.
Belief is a full time job, and — screw it, we’ll just set the Belief to Full.
Not all the time, thought. Only set it on when an action is available.; when we can do something, On when there could be an action made. When we can though, when we can move, buddy We Believed! We Believe buddy, So you better watch youself.
Can’t do much about a book. Right? I mean, it’s printed. It’s right there, and so what if we cross out words and write in our own — everyone else will have it true. So no actions available:
Belief system set to MaMa! with novel in hand.
Now we find we can not actually read without emotions. That our moods and emotions affect our comprehension even now. It’s like, emotions read for us. That what you are doing is not Comprehension, but in fact a small emotional storm, a fractal storm of electric impulses and chemicals and combinations with near infinite detail, conjuring like dish from the flavors of your imagination — a one, and unified mind.
N Hollan, The neuroscience of suspending disbelief
Norms of valence, arousal, and dominance for 13,915 English lemmas, Kuperman 2013
Emotion and language: valence and arousal affect word recognition.,Kuperman, 2014
The Science Behind Emotional Intelligence
Emily A. Sterrett, Ph.D. Copyright © 2014 by Emily A. Sterrett
Gender, Emotion, and the Embodiment of Language Comprehension
Emotion simulation during language comprehension
Acquisition of emotion-descriptive language: Receptive and productive vocabulary norms for ages 18 months to 6 years.
The Relationship of Language and Emotion: N400 Support for an Embodied View of Language Comprehension
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