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Kevin Hellman kevin at jackson.neurology.wisc.edu
Mon Jun 27 17:32:25 EST 1994

In article <2un3if$pgh at agate.berkeley.edu>
Joseph_Pullara at Maillink.berkeley.edu (Joe) writes:

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   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

Did you ever think about how individual cells feel when you shave or sit
on them?   
KEVIN HELLMAN		kevin at head.neurology.wisc.edu 
LAB: (608)-263-5343     University of Wisconsin
                        Neurology & Neural Simulation

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