Philosophically speaking, emot.ions are a nuisance, even the good ones. There are
several reason for this. First, it is thought that they are a hangover of our animal
natures that interfere with our rationality: they gum up our reasoning. This verdict
has been familiar since the time of Greek philosophy, which is no doubt why being
a cognitive scientist appears a respectable occupation, but being an 'emotive scientist'
sounds like a blemish on one's capacity for professional judgement.