"But Damasio sought out patients who had suffered brain injuries that prevented them from perceiving their own feelings, and put this idea to the test. The lives of these patients quickly fell apart, he found, because they could not make effective decisions. Some made terrible investments and ended up bankrupt; most just spent hours deliberating over irrelevant details, such as where to eat lunch. These results suggest that proper thinking requires feeling. Pure reason is a disease."
—Boston Globe: Hearts & Minds
"Thinking begins only when we come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the most stiff-necked adversary of thought."
"But now imagine that we are debating the merits of a proposed change in what we tell our kids about right and wrong. The neurobiologists intervene, explaining that the novel moral code will not compute. We have, they tell us, run up against hard-wired limits: our neural layout permits us to formulate and commend the proposed change, but makes it impossible for us to adopt it. Surely our reaction to such an intervention would be, ‘You might be right, but let’s try adopting it and see what happens; maybe our brains are a bit more flexible than you think.’ It is hard to imagine our taking the biologists’ word as final on such matters, for that would amount to giving them a veto over utopian moral initiatives."
—Richard Rorty, Born to Be Good
"We have to learn to think differently—in order at last, perhaps very late on, to attain even more: to feel differently."