Why do we have emotions

It is difficult to imagine what life would be like without the richness and variety of emotional experience, without love and frustration, relief and joy; although anyone who has seen Don Siegal's film The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (or one of its several remakes), in which the replacement bodies have all the properties of real humans except that they lack emotions, will have some idea. Furthermore, our emotional reactions to things often seem far more valid and revealing than our rational deliberations. Is it true to say, then, that emotions have some function or purpose and, if so, what might this be?

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