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The heart swells - with love, or pride, or courage. But these emotions are experienced by the same organ that experiences thought: the brain. Feeling emotion drains blood from the brain; reasoning floods the brain with a rush of blood. Thus, both reason and passion are related to the sanguinal tide flowing to and from the brain. We feel not with our hearts but with our brains: Sentio ergo sum. I feel, therefore I am …

WAYNE GRADY is a translator and the author of two novels, Emancipation Day and Up From Freedom. His third novel, The Good Father, is scheduled to appear in 2021. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds.

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