Do our emotions effect the way we perceive truth?

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November 22nd, 2016, 5:32 pm #1

There seems to be quite a bit of research on how we can be manipulated by our emotions. I found this on a political forum thread, and submit for those who are interested.

Release date: Jan. 24, 2006
Contact: Beverly Cox Clark at 404-712-8780 or beverly.clark@emory.edu
Emory Study Lights Up the Political Brain 

"When it comes to forming opinions and making judgments on hot political issues, partisans of both parties don't let facts get in the way of their decision-making, according to a new Emory University study. The research sheds light on why staunch Democrats and Republicans can hear the same information, but walk away with opposite conclusions.
The investigators used functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to study a sample of committed Democrats and Republicans during the three months prior to the U.S. Presidential election of 2004. The Democrats and Republicans were given a reasoning task in which they had to evaluate threatening information about their own candidate. During the task, the subjects underwent fMRI to see what parts of their brain were active. What the researchers found was striking. 
"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," says Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory who led the study. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Westen and his colleagues will present their findings at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Jan. 28. 
Once partisans had come to completely biased conclusions — essentially finding ways to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted — not only did circuits that mediate negative emotions like sadness and disgust turn off, but subjects got a blast of activation in circuits involved in reward — similar to what addicts receive when they get their fix, Westen explains.
"None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged," says Westen. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones." 
During the study, the partisans were given 18 sets of stimuli, six each regarding President George W. Bush, his challenger, Senator John Kerry, and politically neutral male control figures such as actor Tom Hanks. For each set of stimuli, partisans first read a statement from the target (Bush or Kerry). The first statement was followed by a second statement that documented a clear contradiction between the target's words and deeds, generally suggesting that the candidate was dishonest or pandering. 
Next, partisans were asked to consider the discrepancy, and then to rate the extent to which the person's words and deeds were contradictory. Finally, they were presented with an exculpatory statement that might explain away the apparent contradiction, and asked to reconsider and again rate the extent to which the target's words and deeds were contradictory.
Behavioral data showed a pattern of emotionally biased reasoning: partisans denied obvious contradictions for their own candidate that they had no difficulty detecting in the opposing candidate. Importantly, in both their behavioral and neural responses, Republicans and Democrats did not differ in the way they responded to contradictions for the neutral control targets, such as Hanks, but Democrats responded to Kerry as Republicans responded to Bush. 
While reasoning about apparent contradictions for their own candidate, partisans showed activations throughout the orbital frontal cortex, indicating emotional processing and presumably emotion regulation strategies. There also were activations in areas of the brain associated with the experience of unpleasant emotions, the processing of emotion and conflict, and judgments of forgiveness and moral accountability. 
Notably absent were any increases in activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most associated with reasoning (as well as conscious efforts to suppress emotion). The finding suggests that the emotion-driven processes that lead to biased judgments likely occur outside of awareness, and are distinct from normal reasoning processes when emotion is not so heavily engaged, says Westen. 
The investigators hypothesize that emotionally biased reasoning leads to the "stamping in" or reinforcement of a defensive belief, associating the participant's "revisionist" account of the data with positive emotion or relief and elimination of distress. "The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data," Westen says.
The study has potentially wide implications, from politics to business, and demonstrates that emotional bias can play a strong role in decision-making, Westen says. "Everyone from executives and judges to scientists and politicians may reason to emotionally biased judgments when they have a vested interest in how to interpret 'the facts,' " Westen says.
Coauthors of the study include Pavel Blagov and Stephan Hamann of the Emory Department of Psychology, and Keith Harenski and Clint Kilts of the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences."
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November 22nd, 2016, 11:17 pm #2

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. To the contrary, I believe it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry, especially if the food, handed out under such coercion, were to be selected accordingly
Albert Einstein; quoted in "Autobiographical Notes", Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist, Paul Schilpp, ed. (1951), pp. 17-19.

''The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever pretensions of politicians, pedagogues other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.'' -- H. L. Mencken, The American Mercury
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November 23rd, 2016, 3:37 am #3

Sorry, Dianna, that we let your good article get swamped. Here is one paragraph which shows up in Scripture and medical science and which makes it dangerous to let anyone tamper with your brain: it is not a computer but a living physically and spiritual entity with the spirit maybe being eternal.

Once partisans had come to completely biased conclusions — essentially finding ways to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted — not only did circuits that mediate negative emotions like sadness and disgust turn off, but subjects got a blast of activation in circuits involved in reward — similar to what addicts receive when they get their fix, Westen explains.

"None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged," says Westen. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones."


Those have been purpose driven to lie, cheat and steal the property of widows and honest wage earners, boast about following a 10 year plan to literally restructure the brain. For instance, Rick Atchley boasts that "we took our youth to hear the best christian bands: we taught our youth to leave our movement. If you read sermons Rubel Shelly had a long drum beat which is still followed: You never preach a sermon without speaking of "our heritage" or "our traditions" which includes all of the key teachings of the historic Church of Christ.

The present Kairos Church Planting plot active in our apostate churches intending to supplant the existing churches with an Ethical (ethos) or Regenerated (Renovare) church all of which will be instrumental which is REQUIRED to keep CULTIFIED in line.

Once your spirit has been cracked it cannot be put together again. The saving grace is well documented that Jesus came for a small SECT of Lost Spirits who are not OF the World and will not be seduced.

We saw in the last election that the CONTROLERS made it clear that the CONTROLLED could not be DEprogrammed and with billions of dollars and a drumb beat proving that no one was ignorant enough to reject the CLAN. However, truth gets to the truthful as if by magic.

Those OF the World for whom Jesus did not pray are Right brained and can be reached only by emotion. They claim that they are SPIRITUAL but the Rational brain is defined as the SPIRITUAL because it can process TRUTH which is THE WORD. The mantra is ANTI-RATIONAL which by definition is IRRATIONAL. We have noted that C. Leonard Allen now leading LU claims that god is ECSTATIC or irrational. The WORD is defined as God's RATIONAL principle so the irrational are ANTI-LOGOS and hold workshops to prove it.

Beginning in 2000 the last day begins and the "Devil is in a panic because He knows that he has a short time or SHORT KAIROS. Trinity is based on the tripple goddesses and the Mother Goddess such as the Babylon Mother of Harlots CAN be a male.

Seduction, Sophistry, and the Woman with the Rhetorical Figure

p. 74 Logos is incommunicable to itself--as its referential instability precludes stable meaning. Plato accounts for this instability by suggesting
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this is the result of willfully deceitful and manipulative rhetors
.....who use language to lead audiences away from the truth.
.....Plato theorizes that sophists uses of language
.....have the purpose of flattering and deceiving hearers
.....and obfuscating the truth,

whereas his system of dialecticts will produce truth, based on the belief that logos (rational, deliberate logos) has the function of communicating and revealing being.


The fact that NO MORTAL has anything to say beyond what God has revealed is repeated over and over. Yet, the KAIROS cult seeks the TIME and PLACE to mount an attack by speaking or singing anything that is self-authored. This is such a dangerous area that:
1. Scripture uses only SPEAK or READ and defines speakers, singers or instrument players as hypocrites.
2. The Spirit OF Christ says of those who do NOT speak what God has supplied that THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM.
3. Ephesians 4 which they lie about as "Unity in Diversity" commands APT elders to silence the cunning craftsmen or sophists: speakers, singers or instrument players in religion. These are the marks of men LYING IN WAIT TO DECEIVE.
4. We have noted that charismatic ecstasy of KOMA is induced by musical instruments.

Therefore, wiser than all theologians Plato in Georgias understood that.

There is no genuine speaker who has has mastered self who is being (unified, coherent, and real). Georgias would argue that rather than human beings, we are human not beings--that is to say, humans becomings: self in the flux, in process, in motion, in kinesis: and are false selves, always already in self-contradiction. This sublect in flux is the necessary complement to a fluctiating reality.

Georgias notion of KAIROS is based on the notion of occassion--of vascillating moments,
time and opportunity--and of the relative (hence the irrationality) of arguments and truth.


In short, different rhetorical moments occasion [OCCASIO IS KAIROS] different subjects.. This discourse situationality is not to be mistaken for the Platonic notion of matching discourses and souls (as argued in Phaedrus), nor for the Aristotelian requirements of assuming a different theme to match the audience (Rhetoric bk 2), for both these methods assume the control and mastery of the discourse situation lies in the speaker--goverened only by the exigency and purpose.

On the contray, Georgias is suggesting something other than a techne. He is not suggestiong that one be "true" to the rhetorical situation by adopting the appropriate posture.

Rather, he is arguing that the situation, the KAIROTIC movement a new subject--a hypoocritical SUBJECT, from the Greek word hypocrites.. The hypocritical subjects interprets what appears to be happening, and is engrossed [indeed, his existence is made possible by the acting] in the events of the stage.
[mendacium untruth, falsehood. to believe a lie a fable,
Fiction (opp. historic truth): “poëtarum, counterfeit
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November 23rd, 2016, 1:07 pm #4


It is strange that Dianne, Humility, and Scripture have all have posted on Ken's IP address. Family affair?
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November 23rd, 2016, 5:51 pm #5

Just to keep you from suffering, Ken has a new IP address.
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November 23rd, 2016, 7:17 pm #6

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November 24th, 2016, 8:47 pm #7






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November 25th, 2016, 2:34 am #8

[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Right!

Whose "music" and "rhetoric" control?

Answer: It's that of the contemporary change agents: the contemporary "Senior" Minister; the contemporary "Worship Leader"; the contemporary "Praise/Worship Team [Church of Christ CHOIR]."[/color]
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November 25th, 2016, 2:40 am #9

[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]That's how "emotions" affect the CORPORATE "musical worship."[/color]
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November 25th, 2016, 5:16 am #10

There seems to be quite a bit of research on how we can be manipulated by our emotions. I found this on a political forum thread, and submit for those who are interested.

Release date: Jan. 24, 2006
Contact: Beverly Cox Clark at 404-712-8780 or beverly.clark@emory.edu
Emory Study Lights Up the Political Brain 

"When it comes to forming opinions and making judgments on hot political issues, partisans of both parties don't let facts get in the way of their decision-making, according to a new Emory University study. The research sheds light on why staunch Democrats and Republicans can hear the same information, but walk away with opposite conclusions.
The investigators used functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to study a sample of committed Democrats and Republicans during the three months prior to the U.S. Presidential election of 2004. The Democrats and Republicans were given a reasoning task in which they had to evaluate threatening information about their own candidate. During the task, the subjects underwent fMRI to see what parts of their brain were active. What the researchers found was striking. 
"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," says Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory who led the study. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Westen and his colleagues will present their findings at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Jan. 28. 
Once partisans had come to completely biased conclusions — essentially finding ways to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted — not only did circuits that mediate negative emotions like sadness and disgust turn off, but subjects got a blast of activation in circuits involved in reward — similar to what addicts receive when they get their fix, Westen explains.
"None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged," says Westen. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones." 
During the study, the partisans were given 18 sets of stimuli, six each regarding President George W. Bush, his challenger, Senator John Kerry, and politically neutral male control figures such as actor Tom Hanks. For each set of stimuli, partisans first read a statement from the target (Bush or Kerry). The first statement was followed by a second statement that documented a clear contradiction between the target's words and deeds, generally suggesting that the candidate was dishonest or pandering. 
Next, partisans were asked to consider the discrepancy, and then to rate the extent to which the person's words and deeds were contradictory. Finally, they were presented with an exculpatory statement that might explain away the apparent contradiction, and asked to reconsider and again rate the extent to which the target's words and deeds were contradictory.
Behavioral data showed a pattern of emotionally biased reasoning: partisans denied obvious contradictions for their own candidate that they had no difficulty detecting in the opposing candidate. Importantly, in both their behavioral and neural responses, Republicans and Democrats did not differ in the way they responded to contradictions for the neutral control targets, such as Hanks, but Democrats responded to Kerry as Republicans responded to Bush. 
While reasoning about apparent contradictions for their own candidate, partisans showed activations throughout the orbital frontal cortex, indicating emotional processing and presumably emotion regulation strategies. There also were activations in areas of the brain associated with the experience of unpleasant emotions, the processing of emotion and conflict, and judgments of forgiveness and moral accountability. 
Notably absent were any increases in activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most associated with reasoning (as well as conscious efforts to suppress emotion). The finding suggests that the emotion-driven processes that lead to biased judgments likely occur outside of awareness, and are distinct from normal reasoning processes when emotion is not so heavily engaged, says Westen. 
The investigators hypothesize that emotionally biased reasoning leads to the "stamping in" or reinforcement of a defensive belief, associating the participant's "revisionist" account of the data with positive emotion or relief and elimination of distress. "The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data," Westen says.
The study has potentially wide implications, from politics to business, and demonstrates that emotional bias can play a strong role in decision-making, Westen says. "Everyone from executives and judges to scientists and politicians may reason to emotionally biased judgments when they have a vested interest in how to interpret 'the facts,' " Westen says.
Coauthors of the study include Pavel Blagov and Stephan Hamann of the Emory Department of Psychology, and Keith Harenski and Clint Kilts of the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences."
Dianna has posted some facts which are SALVATION ISSUES. With little exception groups calling themselves Christians engage in religious OBSERVATIONS to which Jesus said "the kingdom does not come."

They all live or die as institutions based on the turf battles that "worship must be performed for the group by well-legalized forms of MUSIC."

The Judas bag or box is pictured for us on "clay vessels." The bag is for carrying the mouthpieces of wind instruments. Judas didn't know until too late that the SOP also meaning PSALLO was the mark that he was the familiar friend in Psalm 41 who would attempt to Alarm or Triumph over Jesus. This is the "vocal or instrumental rejoicing or rhetoric" which was outlawed for the Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness.

We have posted many quotations from clay tablets onward that religious musicians intend to hurt you but make you feel joy such as the "runner's high" inducing KOMA. This is the role of the Muses led by Apollon who are called LOCUSTS. They intend to lull you to sleep and give you the Scorpion tail sting of death.

One of many papers on the effect of music. You will notice that the plotted activity of various forms of music are all on the right hemisphere. The music switches a relay which makes it impossible to use rational thinking. Irrational thinking is the Purpose Driven Plot as they mock the RATIONAL minds. They cannot grasp whatever the "scholarly" level that the WORD is the RATIONAL principle and power of a Rational God Who warns everyone that He only reveals Himself in Words either read or spoken.

Nimrod the Babylon "son" of a mother goddess led around a musical team of women claiming that they could regenerate morals through external means. He was a hunter AGAINST God.



<font face="arial" size="4">Jude concurs: referring to the Instrumental-Trinitarian-Perverted worship at Mount Sinai he says that they were FOREORDAINED and therefore "old spirits." Interesting of the Kairos Church Planting program, Kairos is the demon or spirit son of Zeus as as Hermes or Mercury he is the CONDUCTOR OF DEFUNCT SPIRITS INTO HELL. As he appears as New Hermeneutics, his work includes music as the god of Thieves and Liars and Merchants.

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