Emotional Beliefs

  title={Emotional Beliefs},
  author={John A. Mercer},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={1 - 31}
  • J. Mercer
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Psychology
  • International Organization
Abstract A belief in alien abduction is an emotional belief, but so is a belief that Iran intends to build nuclear weapons, that one's country is good, that a sales tax is unjust, or that French decision makers are irresolute. Revolutionary research in the brain sciences has overturned conventional views of the relationship between emotion, rationality, and beliefs. Because rationality depends on emotion, and because cognition and emotion are nearly indistinguishable in the brain, one can view… 
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