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Re: article on fish pain
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: article on fish pain
- From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
- Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 05:58:21 -0700 (PDT)
- In-reply-to: <200305011036.h41Aa1oM020951@otter.actwin.com>
Lazarus noted that:
> Kind of interesting that people wondered if fish feel
> pain. Seems like it would be tough to survive if you
> couldn't recognize dangerous, noxious stimuli.
Responding to stimuli and feeling pain aren't necessarily
the same thing, even under a compreshensive functional and
purely "physicalist" description. It appears that some
creatures have such a low level of cognitive ability, or
are so lacking in displaying any evidence of cognitive
activity, that it's reasonable to conclude that they have
such a small sentient capacity and might at best be dimly
aware of anything.
I don't know where fish fit in on the cognitive capacity
scale. I don't think it's possible to torture an amoeba,
but I'm sure it's possible to torture a dog. I think it's
possible to torture a fish.
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