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Once upon a time I was a philosopher. That time was even before electric typewriters, let alone cell phones and computers. One area of interest of mine was human emotions. Like others, I took my lead from William James who once asked “What is an emotion?” I will use James’s most famous example and I paraphrase, of course. It is natural for us to say we see a bear, fear it, and run. James said, to the contrary, that we see a bear and run, consequently we fear the bear. We run because we notice we are in danger and we are afraid of what will happen if we don’t.