Pete April 30, 2019 at 10:50 am Had read “The Strange Order of Things” prior and it is indeed a great book. Enjoyed this discussion, and found the distinction between Damasio’s “feelings” and “emotions” (actions) useful. Very interesting, seemingly throwaway comment on how the the idea that “feelings” can perhaps shed light onto why certain religious sentiments have such a longstanding hold on humanity. For example, Christianity, like all compelling religions, stirs some significant emotions: fear, of eternal damnation; joy, at the deliverance of Christ; sadness and self-effacement, at one’s own iniquity and shortcomings; loneliness and alienation, when considering the situation of Christ abandoned on the cross; social jubilation in the company of other believers (in-group/out-group dynamics); etc. Per James Wathey, the other sense triggered by this and other religions may be the feeling of being protected and accepted by an all-powerful parental figure. It would be interesting to see if further research can tease apart such connections in a formal way.