Alterations of Direct Perceptual Data
(c) Robert Neil Boyd

On examining all of the emotions that it is possible for a conscious Being to experience, are there any emotions which are not connected to analytical thought? (This must be explored directly, not abstractly.)

There are two sets of emotions.

There is the set of those emotions which are connected to the intellectual interpretations of the information contained in the apperception of the environment.

There is the set of emotions innate to the Being. The set of emotions which are innate to existence are the positive, desirable emotions, such as love, peace, freedom, joy, and so on.

The emotions which are connected to thought are, in the majority, uncomfortable emotions. (Such as anger, sorrow, jealousy, and so on.) These are emotions which are connected to the past, which is the basis of the analytical. (Without a past, there is no data to evaluate.) The analytical systems perform activities on the incoming real-time, unaltered, purely sensory information, such evaluative functions as comparisons, importances, similarities, differences, etc. There are references between the present-time input information stream, and the data base comprised of the past. In the course of this process, prejudices (aka "conclusions"), and painful experiences from the past (which are to be avoided) arise to occupy the focus of attention.

For the duration of time that the focus of awareness- attention is occupied by focusing on the past (memory=>thought), the real-time sense data-input stream is held in abeyance, or vanishes entirely from the conscious awareness in the moment. This causes that information which could be available from the senses, to become unavailable, or minimized. In other words, the result of preoccupation with analytical thought is data loss. Data loss causes incorrect assessments of related information structures, leading to incorrect conclusions, which lead to activities inappropriate to the actual circumstances.

R.N. Boyd