In article <2tr1f2$h48 at mailer.fsu.edu>, rrk at sgi3.magnet.fsu.edu (Randy
>> I have heard that lobsters do not feel pain. I think that this is probably
> not true, but I would appreciate some professional input. I do not read this
> newsgroup, so please reply to rrk at magnet.fsu.edu.
I heard Rush Limbaugh state this the other night. You are right to doubt
that statement if you heard it from Rush. He is a fucking idiot (political
beliefs aside). He stated that a lobster could not feel pain because it
lacked a cerebral cortex. This is absolutely an incorrect conclusion. I
know of numerous animals that lack a cerebral cortex, yet, they still have
pain receptors or nociceptors. I work on the nociceptors in Aplysia, a sea
I do not know if the lobster has nociceptors (like you, I would be
surprised if it didn't). However, unlike Rush, I would have looked that up
before I tried to make a point about it on television.
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