Tom Veatch

Flames of inspiration often leave smoke signals behind.
From mine, these.


Emotions

N+V Humor Theory

Veatch's 1998 "A Theory of Humor"

The Logic of Irrational Emotion

... a model of suffering and liberation....

Emotion in general, considered evolutionarily and logically. Mathematical notation for the emotional process. Review of N+V Humor Theory using it.

Veatch asserts that the process of identifying yourself with an emotionally significant circumstance or role has a binding function whereby the emotional system is bound or required to implement the specific emotion that the system associates with that circumstance or role. That is, identification binds emotion.

From this, much follows. Bound, a person harmonizes with others in shared understanding, moral assessment, and feeling, around a shared activity. Bound, a person is not free to experience the moment, the now, the timeless flow, but is instead aware of their status and moral self-assessment. Unbound, wherein identification does not occur, emotional flow states, high performance, spiritual goodness, etc., occur with attention paid to the evolving situation rather than to thinking about how it reflects upon you and tells a story about you. Unbound, the person has access to the unconditioned or irrational emotions of bliss, serenity, transcendence, etc. Veatch's Razor, distinguishing these, is given.

Selves

The many things referred to by 'Self', with commentary. Concluding with emotionally disinhibitory goodness.

Robot Emotion

On the design of emotional systems for humans and robots. Motivational frames and their relative priorities. Metrics to guide reinforcement learning.

The Oxytocin Vortex

Implications of hormone science for romantic relationships.

Everyone likes oxytocin. But it can mess you up, so know what you're dealing with and be responsible.

On Suffering

How we torture ourselves, and how we don't have to.

Meaningfulness Itself

Where the sense of meaningfulness is understood as transactional transcendence, using bliss theory.

Bliss Theory (Version 1.0)

First, unpublished, draft of Bliss Theory, written in 2012. Breathtaking. This contains a lot I still haven't taken further in writing, some of the most important parts, so it's up front for now.

On Humility

Just a page.

On Hierarchy and Value

Hierarchy and its emotional opposite, Oneness, are explored. How Jordan Peterson agrees with Karl Marx. Why hierarchy is the compassionate, inclusive solution. The geometry of hierarchy. How dominance hierarchy transmutes into admiration hierarchy, creating communities of shared values. All this is prelude to an analysis of emotion within social hierarchy.

A Square Brown Linoleum Tile

A meditation on the transcendent secret of resolute service.

The Ugliness of Beauty

Beauty can also be ugly, an ugly business

A Theory of Anger

in which the existence of Anger is questioned, and the current standard of care for angry people is critiqued and improved upon. This one is important.

F your Feelings?

Even those who reject (their own, and your) feelings have feelings

Postural Anesthesia

My posture trick, which is anesthetic against post-surgical pain. Learn it, try it. An old man once told me, I'm going to use that on my death bed.


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