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In a fast society slow emotions become extinct

by sushil yadav Tuesday, May. 22, 2001 at 5:45 PM

scientific/ industrial/ financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.

Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am trying to get the following article published in newspapers/ magazines.

I request members of this Media Group to forward the article to editors/ journalists who might take interest in this topic.

Please share with all members.


Sushil Yadav

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.

Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down

as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every

physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every

non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.






I have been trying to prove some co-relations in a neuroscience/ psychophysiology/ bio-chemistry laboratory. If the readers of this article can help in getting the following experiment conducted somewhere then please let me know.

( My background is given in the first letter ( letter No. 1 ) under the

topic " Correspondence with neuroscientists " on the website : )

There is a link between visual / verbal speed ( in perception, memory,

imagery ) and the bio-chemical state of the brain and the body.

Emotion can intensify / sustain only when visual and verbal processing

associated with the emotion slows down ( stops / freezes ).

The degree of difficulty of an emotion depends upon the degree of

freezing (of visuals and words ) required to intensify and sustain that

particular emotion.


Subjects (preferably actors specialising in tragedy / tragic roles )

will be asked to watch a silent video film showing any of the


(1) Human suffering.

(2) Animal suffering.

(3) Suffering ( Destruction ) of Air / Water / Land / Trees.

Subjects will be asked to intensify and sustain the subjective feeling

of empathy for the sufferer.

Their brains shall be scanned by Brain Imaging Machines ( PET / FMRI ).

The chemical change associated with the emotion in the brain ( and the

rest of the body ) would be measured by appropriate methods.

The silent video film will be shown at different speeds :

(1) 125% of actual speed.

(2) Actual/real speed.

(3) 75% of actual speed.

(4) 50% of actual speed.

(5) 25% of actual speed.

Results :

(1) Intensity of emotion increases with the decrease in visual speed.

(2) Intensity of emotion is maximum when visual speed is minimum (25%

of actual speed)

(3) The amount of chemical change associated with the emotion in the

brain ( and rest of the body ) will be found to increase with the

decrease in visual speed.

(4) The chemical change is maximum when visual speed is minimum.

(5) The amount of chemical change will increase with the decrease in

breathing rate. Breathing becomes so slow and non-rhythmic that it stops

for some time at the inhalation/ exhalation stages.

The above corelations will be valid for all subjects -even for those who cannot feel pain/ empathy. Such subjects will experience emotion associated with boredom/ discomfort/ restlessness/ irritability/ uneasiness. The chemicals released will be different but the corelation between visual speed and amount of chemical will be same(the breathing rates will be different/ fast).

All subjects will experience some kind of emotion.

In the 2nd stage of experiment we shall replace the silent video film

with a Narrator ( Audio only ) and repeat the procedure thereby

establishing the link between intensity of emotion and verbal speed.

Yours Sincerely,

Sushil Yadav

Delhi, India

Please note:

(1) If the co-relation is wrong it will be proved wrong experimentally

and the matter will end there.


While this statement is generally true for all emotions, it is

particularly true for all painful emotions.

(3) Empathy = Sadness + Worry ( for the suffering of others )

It will be found that empathy activates the same parts of the brain

(neural circuits ) which are activated by sadness and worry. The

chemical changes in the brain and the rest of the body will also be the


Sadness and worry ( for the suffering of others ) are emotions of the

highest level.

(4) In a society in which visual ( verbal ) speed and breathing- rates

are fast pain / remorse / empathy cannot be experienced. It is



Proof of the link between pain and slow visuals / words :-

In the last century man has made thousands of movies / films on various

themes / subjects. Whenever pain / tragedy is shown in any film the

visuals ( scenes ) and words ( dialogues ) are always slowed down. In

many films tragedy is shown in slow motion. At the most intense moment

of pain the films almost become static / stationary.

Tragedy-films provide direct proof / evidence of the link between pain

and slowness.

Pain can intensify / sustain only when visual ( and verbal ) speed slows

down( stops/ freezes).


One thousand years ago visuals would change only when man physically

moved himself to a new place or when other people ( animals / birds )

and objects ( clouds / water ) physically moved themselves before him.

Today man sits in front of TV / Computer and watches the rapidly

changing visuals / audio.

He sits in a vehicle ( car / train / bus ) and as it moves he watches

the rapidly changing visuals.

He turns the pages of a book / newspaper / magazine and sees many

visuals / text in a short span.

The speed of visuals ( and words ) has increased so much during the last

one hundred years that today the human brain has become incapable of

focussing on slow visuals /words through perception, memory, imagery.

If we cannot focus on slow visuals / words we cannot experience emotions

associated with slow visuals /words.

Before the advent of Industrial Revolution Man's thinking was primarily

limited to :

(a) visual processing ( slow visuals )

(b) verbal / language processing ( slow words )

Today there are many kinds of fast thinking :

(1) visual processing ( fast visuals )

(2) verbal / language processing ( fast words )

If visual / verbal processing is fast we cannot feel slow emotions.

(3) Scientific / Technical thinking ( fast )

(4) Industrial thinking ( fast )

(5) Business thinking ( fast )


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