Invisibilia for June 8, 2017: Emotion

Jun 1, 2017

How real and inevitable are our emotions?

In the first stories of the new season, we’re giving emotions a similar treatment to the one we gave to thoughts in the very first episode of Invisibilia (The Secret History of Thoughts).

Where do our emotions come from?

How seriously should we take them?

Do they tell us truths about the world that should guide our behavior or should we be more skeptical about them?

To explore these questions, we look at an unusual case in the American justice system. Then we follow a man as he discovers a new emotion that no one in western culture has experienced before.