Once More Are Human Feelings Unique

I began this chapter describing the limbic system, which generates emotions. This structural homology between ourselves and other species suggests both that emotional systems are of ancient origin and that human emotions cannot be unique. At the close of this chapter I described theories suggesting that in our species, sensations are interpreted and become feelings as a consequence of a metaphoric process. This cognitive tool can explain the plasticity of human feeling and the fact that feelings can be sublimated. We share with other species a similar emotional brain to which has been added a specifically human cognitive capacity that changes how we feel.

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