Cardiac Intellect

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by Luís Carneiro:

"The ascetic Eastern Fathers made a distinction between the word nous and logos , which for the Greeks designated the same faculty, and they pointed out the heart as the natural seat of the nous. In question is not a mere affective or sentimental faculty, which was emphasized precisely by the use of the word nous – which, from within the Hellenic semantic sphere, could be translated as «intellect». Thus, along with the mental-rational intellect, that we would call today cerebral, for the ascetic tradition of Eastern Christianity, there is also a cardiac intellect."