Basic Education should be founded in the science, reason, and evolution where cognition precipitates the biology that drives behavior and not in the linguistics of secular and religious literature where dogma dictates that emotions drive behavior.
Did Homer’s 3000-year-old emotional linguistics in the “Iliad” lay the foundation for erroneous emotional comprehension, understanding, and beliefs in your education, literature, philosophy, law, and religion and in your psychology of cognitive/emotional development, behavior, creativity, and decision-making abilities?
Contrary to the linguistics of literature and religion, cognition, not emotion, precipitates the biology that drives behavior.
Figure 1 of Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Regulation (page 29)
Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Regulation (rev2020-10-23c)
“Goddess, sing me the anger, of Achilles, Peleus’ son, that fatal anger that brought countless sorrows on the Greeks and sent many valiant souls of warriors down to Hades, leaving their bodies as spoil for dogs and carrion birds: for thus was the will of Zeus brought to fulfilment” (Homer, 800-700/2009). With these beginning words written almost 3000 years ago, Homer’s Iliad linguistically sabotaged hundreds of millions of years of emotional evolution. The civilized arena was staged for aberrant emotion driving destructive behavior. In turn, this destructive behavior arising from emotional dysregulation and disorder required emotional regulation and control. Emotions-as-effect theory reconstructs the evolutionary bases of good- and bad-feeling emotions as the perception, by consciousness, of a biochemical physiology within the body and the brain precipitated by an evolved and nurtured cognitive neural circuitry. Emotions, feelings, and moods are perceptions of an internal state of biology precipitated by cognition. Homer’s emotions, feelings, and moods are a carefully nurtured neurolinguistic cognitive construct of the mind. Contrary to the linguistics of Homer, emotions are not causal, and they are neither destructive nor constructive; rather, they are indicators of the presence of very real destructive and constructive – and causal – cognitive behaviors. The correlations among (1) cognition, (2) a healthy, vital, and robust biochemical physiology of the brain and body, (3) good- and bad-feeling emotions, and (4) consciousness are a result of millions of years of evolutionary survival for the health and well-being of the individual. The question is, how will today’s ever-changing technical and political cultures and societies understand, nurture, and develop these same necessary correlations?
Keywords: cognition; emotion, evolution; emotional regulation; linguistics; well-being
How long will the academic institutions of education, language, linguistics, literature psychology, and philosophy continue the instruction, edification, and liability of an erroneous emotional/cognitive dynamic regulatory theory based in a 3000-year-old literary and religious linguistics when there are yearly, nearly 800,000 suicide deaths worldwide (W.H.O., 2019), millions of other people are being put through a child-to-prison pipeline where incarcerating conditions only amplify their psychological injuries, and indiscriminate “random” shootings continue with no review of the psychological environments that are fostering all of these atrocities and that are oblivious to emotions’ evolutionary design? Lack of personal and academic questioning and review of psychological and pharmacological emotional dysfunction theory would only add to the misfortune of these children of a lesser God (Medoff, 1979).
The Question: Does cognition or emotion change the biology that drives behavior?
All evidence-based therapies change, develop, or re-process cognitive behavior to change emotions. But, does cognition or emotion change the biology that drives behavior? The tradition answer, based in 3000-year-old religious and literary linguistics, is “emotion.” Emotions-as-effect theory argues that when the cause-effect process is diagrammed with the logic of current cognitive research and the evolutionary process, cognition precipitates the biological changes that drives behavior and that are perceived as emotions.
If evidence-based practices (EBP) such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with its theory of adaptive information processing (AIP), forgiveness therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, interpersonal psychotherapy, and emotional intelligence are falsely founded in an illusionary cognitive construct of the mind called “emotional dysregulation” then what is all their research proving? The foundation of these evidence-based practices is an evolved emotional bio-feedback system as described in “Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Regulation”.
Emotions have evolved for millions of years. They had become a very effective tool giving valuable feedback on the nature of one’s personal cognitive activities. Yet, when Homer wrote the Iliad, he began a false inscription of emotions’ evolved role in effective, behavior, decision making, and creativity to develop and maintain an individual’s health, wealth, and well-being. The importance of knowing, understanding, and teaching our children how emotions carry out these primary functions in human development can not be overstated.
How long will academia continue the instruction and edification of an emotional/cognitive dynamic regulatory theory erroneously based in a 3000-year-old literary and religious linguistics?
Andrew O. Jackson
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Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Regulation (rev2020-09-29a)
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The “science” of emotional regulation kept me imprisoned in a living hell for nearly twenty years. The “logic” of cognitive regulation through emotional guidance set me free. Emotions and feelings have evolved as a fantastic and wonderful personal bio-feedback system where emotions work in a symbiotic harmony with mind, body, and consciousness for the health, wealth, and well-being of the individual.
Reaping the Past While Sewing the Future
Past, present, and future all exist now but in a different place. The future that exists now is not the future when it becomes the present here. The past that exists now is not the past that existed then when here. A force, like a holy ghost, reaches through time and space and changes the past and the future to match one’s emotional being in the present when time is now and space is here. That is the power of emotions through the laws of attraction, karma, and entanglement and the beauty of forgiveness.
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Andrew O. Jackson suffered from psychotic mania and suicidal depression and was in and out of mental hospitals from 1979-1996. Once after another “blackout” period, he “awoke” in a mental ward and wondered how he got there this time. The nurse said he went up to a police car and told them that his friend needed help. His “friend” was a trash can. Another time he “awoke” with a rope in his hand ready to put an end to this torturous life when a voice asked him, “Can you go on?” “They” wanted him to continue this existence a while longer. He replied, “Yes” and got himself to a hospital.
Around 1992, in a moment of inspiration that has now led to his emotions-as-effect theory, he began a self-directed healing program using his emotions as feedback for his biochemical, neurological, and physiological state of being. After a couple more psychotic episodes – one that landed him in the El Paso county jail and led to a divorce from his first wife – and after seventeen years of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, he no longer needed the benefits of their assistance. He has been medication free and without disassociation, depression, or mania episodes since 1996.
Since 2005, he has been writing to academics around the world advancing a new emotional paradigm that defines cognition as causal to and emotions as an effect of biochemical, neurological, and physiological states of being. Emotions, instead of being regulated by cognitive behavior as current psychological academia prescribes, have evolved to guide cognitive behavior for the health, well-being, and prosperity of the individual.
He has an MS in Technology Education and an MS in Management Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He was a high school shop teacher, a college CAD (computer aided design) instructor, a guest instructor in China teaching quality and inventory management, and a quality manager at an OEM (original equipment manufacturer). He is now happily married and retired from mechanical engineering, spending his summers sailing and winters alpine skiing.