Lobster pain

Joe Joseph_Pullara at Maillink.berkeley.edu
Mon Jun 27 12:51:11 EST 1994


In article <jstream-270694085922 at girch45.med.uth.tmc.edu>
jstream at girch1.med.uth.tmc.edu (Rifle River) writes:

> 
> Where is your evidence to draw this conclusion?  What if inverts have a
> small
> center in their gagnlia that allow for consciously feeling unpleasant? 
> Just as
> I can not claim that inverts have the capacity to feel unpleasant, you can
> not
> argue that they do not have the capacity to feel unpleasant.  Evidence does
> not
> exist that supports or refutes either statement because it is not testable.


Yes, of course. But remember that this same type of logic will support
the contention that we can never say plants don't have the capacity to
"feel pain". Based on our human understanding of what is required to
"feel pain", a blade of grass is as likely to have this capacity as is
an inverterbrate. Remember that next time you mow your lawn  ........
ouch!

- Joe Pullara
  UC Berkeley
  Joseph_Pullara at Maillink.berkeley.edu




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