Intelligent Systems And Their Societies Walter Fritz

Emotions & Energy


In humans the fundamental mechanisms of the mind include emotions. It is interesting to observe which role the emotions play in human IS's:


Positive Emotions:


Negative Emotions:

All this, in humans and some higher animals is accompanied by biochemical reactions that sometimes hinder serene thought. So it seems that emotions are an indicator showing whether we have reached our objectives or not, or that another IS has reached its objectives or not.

Emotions are contagious. Emotions that we note in our environment produce in ourselves the same emotion. For an optimum working of the brain on the long run, it seems that it should have more positive than negative emotions. If a human is surrounded by an environment continuously filled with predominantly negative emotions, it cannot function well; it suffers from emotional pollution of the environment.


To function, an IS needs energy. Humans are IS's and, therefore, they need energy. An example of a formula for this needed energy could be:

C = E0/t + E1/t
C = Consumption of energy, measured in Kcal/sec
E0 = Energy consumed at rest, measured in Kcal
E1 = Additional energy needed to think and act. (Thinking needs a considerable amount of energy--just observe the size of the arteries going to the brain!)
t = time interval

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Last Edited 14 Mayo 2013 / Walter Fritz
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