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Re: Fish pain - Insect gains - Who will PETA the poor Worm?
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Fish pain - Insect gains - Who will PETA the poor Worm?
- From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
- Date: Sat, 3 May 2003 15:31:42 -0700 (PDT)
- In-reply-to: <200305031053.h43ArK2A009976@otter.actwin.com>
Billinet said, in part:
> . . . "pain" has a large
> psychological component, and the lower animals don't have
> as much "psychological" as do the higher ones. They
> don't experience what we call "pain" in the the way we
> Case in point: When I was little, one day I was fishing
> for sunfish with a worm and a bobber. One fish lost its
> right eye in the process of being unhooked. I returned
> him to the water, and in 10 minutes I caught him again,
> or an identical one-eyed fish. If he was in "pain" I
> doubt that he would have been eating.
I think you're on the right track, but pain and gullibility
are not necessarily well connected, especially if cognitive
abilities are relatively slight. One might even say it was
a case of entrapment ;-)
As for male praying mantis. No one knows if they learn
their lesson -- no one has tested their behavior after
being eaten. And what some guys would do for you know
what, who says an insect wouldn't risk it or ignore the
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