Posted: Jun 30, 2018 1:43 am
by Thommo
We learn to feel about our abstractions just as much as we learn to abstract from our feelings. Human cognition does not develop on a single axis. Adults regularly get emotional, defensive, angry or passionate about (quite possibly non existent) abstractions such as communism or metaphysical idealism. Emotional responses stem from higher order reasoning and reasoned responses stem from higher order emotion. Cognition is a jumble, not a layer cake.

Babies and children reason, they just don't reason in mature ways. After all, how could you learn to reason without reasoning about it?