Charles Darwin Expression of Emotions

Charles Darwin on the Expression of Human Emotions

Charles Darwin on the Expression of Human Emotions
Helpful Hints for Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses into its middle stage and later, word-finding skills diminish and meaningful verbal communication becomes increasingly impaired or even nonexistent. The thoughts, desires and emotions of a person with AD still remain, but how can a caregiver discern what they might be?

The answer may, in part, be located in the research and writings of Charles Darwin; specifically, in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, first published in 1872, and long regarded as a seminal work in psychology. Here, Darwin makes the case for the instinctual or inherited nature of the facial expressions and body language that accompany our simple or primary emotions—anger and fear, surprise and disgust, joy and sadness, and other more complex emotions, too. Darwin terms these facial expressions and body language “the language of the emotions, ” and deems them a product of natural selection, a process of evolution.

For the most part, the simple emotions are generally easily detectable to an alert observer, but complex emotions—for instance, grief, indignation, helplessness, cheerfulness and perplexity—are more subtle, less well known.

The facial expressions and body language that accompany the simple and also the most important of the complex emotions are instinctual or innate, but a few, such as weeping and laughter, require repetition by an individual to achieve their fullest expression. Others, like the act of devotion, are first adopted by imitating other family members and later become habitual with practice and the passage of time. A person in a devotional or prayerful state of mind often lifts his or her eyes upwards or skywards, and presses the palms of their hands together.

Stephen Nash holds an MD from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology from Emory University. He is the co-author of “Putting Evidence into Practice: Palliative Care, ” a British Medical Journal report, and “Reclassification of Simvastatin to Over-the-Counter Status in the United Kingdom, ” published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

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Free Will & Determinism: Please explain what these terms mean?

"Do you believe you have free will? Or is human behavior simply a result of causality?"

What do these questions mean? And what is Darwinism?

Ardi Pithecus, you answered this question like you assume I know what these terms mean... I don't.

Freewill - the ability to choose your own path. In religious context it means you can choose to follow Christ, or you can refuse, it is decided by your actions.

Determinism - an ancient belief that nature continues at a set pace and that regardless of what you do you cannot change your future. Things in your life are already determined.

Darwinism - Charles Darwin is the writer of the theory of evolution. That all animals, including man evolved from another species or organism. This is used to dispute the Christian belief in creation.

HELP!!explain how determinism and social Darwinism are presented in London

I have to write an essay about it but dont even know where to start. i havent read the book..i know it would help if i did, but everytime i try and read it i get a headache and i get confused.

Determinism is expressed through the mans desire to build the fire even though he is faced with horrible odds. It's also expressed when he tries to kill his dog just to stay alive.

Social Darwinism isn't really addressed. However Darwinism itself, "survival of the fittest", is one of the main points of the story. The man was too stupid to ignore the warnings and therefore is killed by nature.

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