Just briefly, to answer these points:

Quote Originally Posted by RGB View Post
Intelligence is a precursor to sophisticated emotions. Hope and Despair are utterly dependent upon the ability to make consistent predictions about your universe. If you can't predict, you feel neither.
The point of my starting the 'ontology' thread was to look at what pre 'hope', 'anger', 'despair', 'ecstasy' elements helped form the pre-sensate, pre-conscious, Big Four. They are more than just these four emotions/feelings/concepts.

In extremis in fact.