Lobster pain

Rifle River jstream at girch1.med.uth.tmc.edu
Tue Jun 28 08:53:15 EST 1994


In article <KEVIN.94Jun27173226 at jackson.neurology.wisc.edu>,
kevin at jackson.neurology.wisc.edu (Kevin Hellman) wrote:

>    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". 

This is true, but it brings us right back to the same point where we were 
after the third article in this thread.  Why do we study an Aplysia, or a
rat for that matter, hoping that we can gain some insight into how a
nociceptor and how an animal respond to painful stimuli instead of 
studying how a blade of grass responds to a lawnmower?  It is because
the animals actually display behaviors that are similar to, and serve as
good models for, hyperalgesia and allodynia etc.  That said, one can not
conclude that these animals are feeling pain (in human terms) based on
their behavior, but they serve as useful models.

> Did you ever think about how individual cells feel when you shave or sit
> on them?

OUCH!   

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