Personal Motions and Public Emotions

In this last part of this chapter, I will compare public emotions to personal motions. I call personal motions “free and emotional movements” that are the cause of our personal beliefs, and I call public emotions “unfree emotional movements” that can be described in a formal language and can, therefore, be imitated by a humanoid robot. Public emotions are causing public beliefs while personal motions are due to personal beliefs.

Belief in Motions and Symbolic Personal Language

Belief in personal freedom is, in itself, a free act. Belief in personal freedom is to believe in the existence of personal inner movements that are not public and which I shall call motions. Personal motions are personal internal movements including the experience of freedom. Not everyone believes in the existence of the experience of personal freedom. There are some people who believe in personal freedom as an experience that constitutes them as human beings and there are others who do not believe in the existence of the inner experience of personal freedom.

The experience of freedom is a personal belief that is not public, and therefore we cannot explain it by public formal causes (Leach 2012). The awareness of the power of liberty is personal and can only be communicated in a symbolic language through which we express confidence in what our partner says he or she has experienced.

The Emotions and the Public Formal Beliefs and Language

The existence of humanoid robots that capture and imitate human emotions shows that certain emotions are public and can be described in a formal public language that even robots understand. There are also public emotions that may be expressed by their effects in a formal language and can be imitated by a humanoid robot. I call such emotions human sensations expressed in a formal language. The formal languages with which robots and humans communicate restrict the ability of humanoid robots to capture human emotions and react mechanically according to these captured emotions.

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