posted on May, 17 2011 @ 08:45 PM
Great question OP.
The answer is yes/no.
I'll try to answer as briefly as possible.
Thoughts can be thought of "events" in a brain. You may or may not be aware of them.
So you can think, "the sky is blue." or "My dog is dead" and have different feelings about them, even "incorrect" feelings about them. (We can
have "wrong ideas" and/or "faulty wiring.")
But the point is, thoughts are "required" for feelings, because the brain processes all.
However, thoughts are not wholly responsible for feellings, because we also need input from our senses. If you were to strip all your senses, (look up
"floating man experiment,") would you still feel? Emote? The answer is yes, but only if you were already chock full of "experiences" by way of
being alive for some time.
I propose, if you had a "floating baby experiment," where no input was possible, (presuming the child would survive total sensory deprivation,) I'm
sure it would exhibit marked emotional problems when "revealed" to the "real world."
In the real world, we are all programmed by our paradigms. Some of us feel things, without knowing even why. These are often emotions brought into our
minds by way of social engineering. This is the power of thought and proof that we can act and know not why.
In a way, thoughts are wholly responsible for everything.
(Thought alone is life and as such life is infinite.)
Feeling, requires input and thought. In memory, it is able to work from thought alone. (And even fake the sensation by firing the same neurons.) But
still, no input, so feeling.
Funny that we need to be feeling creatures in order to be thinking creatures, yet also, the other way around.
Scary that soon, we won't.
When we can be completely unfeeling, we will be a better species of being, but we will no longer be human.