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Re: [APD] Disposing of Unwanted Fish

S. Hieber wrote:
>From a logical point of view, nope. Reaction to stimulus does entail sentience, let alone pain. It is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for sensing pain.

By definition, if anything alive is able to detect some immediate harm 
that is occurring and react to that harm by attempting to stop it by 
fight or flight, then that organism experiences pain. That's what pain 
is ... the signal which alerts the the necessary parts that harm has 
occurred or is occurring so that an attempt can be made to avoid further 
injury or death.

To assign any other meaning to pain is to attempt to anthropomorphise it 
and pigeon-hole the rest of the living universe into our particular 
biological injury-detection systems. It doesn't make any more sense than 
to say that Chinese-speakers do not truly speak since they do not use 

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