Stephen Downes stresses the differences between emotion and cognition? Or does information and emotion flow in the same networks? (because emotion=information)
Downes (oct 5 2006) argues, Groups meet our need to belong and to survive, while networks meet our need to connect and learn and to know. In a group, passion drowns out reason, in a network, reason drowns out passion. In places where passion and emotion should not prevail— when building bridges, say, or launching space shuttles—groups should not prevail. In places where passion should prevail and is even an asset—in team sports, in family bonding—groups should prevail.
I found: “The integration of cognition and emotions in meaning-making is important. Thinking and emotions influence each other. A theory of learning that only considers one dimension excludes a large part of how learning happens.” (http://connectivism.ca/about.html)
Other valuable sources include (Damasio, 1994; LeDoux, 1996; Damasio, 1999; Dolan, 2003; Rolls, 2005; Phelps, 2006). A key conclusion from this review and from other current discussions of the relationship between cognition and emotion is that it is probably counterproductive to try to separate them. Instead, current thinking emphasizes their interdependence in ways that challenge a simple division of labor into separate cognitive and emotional domains. In particular, in the context of the brain, the general dichotomization alluded to above in terms of cortical-cognitive and subcortical-emotional brain areas is now viewed as largely simplified and breaks down rather quickly when more in-depth analyses are carried out; e.g., (Pessoa, 2008). (source http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Cognition_and_emotion
Also on this subject: http://www.indiana.edu/~lceiub/research.html
So this is still an open question, is emotion and feeling a kind of information?