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RE: Fish can't feel pain ?
>They might not experience pain or fear as we experience it. I think it'd
>be interesting to find that professor's definition of pain/fear. Pain
>is in my mind the signal resulting from thousands of tiny nerves firing
>at once saying "DAMAGE!" Your reaction to damage can be processed
>without ever traveling to the brain...nerve->spinal cord->back to
>muscles to react. Perhaps in a fish this is all that happens. Is it
>still pain if it never gets to the brain? We don't know that. And won't
>until we find a way to speak Fish...maybe we need to radiate some oscars
>and give them super powers of speech ;-). What's fear? The recognition
>of danger and resulting physiological condition conducive to getting out
>of danger, I suppose. Do fish recognize dangerous situations? Ok, try
>this. Stick your hand in the tank and try to grab a fish. Do they all go
>pale, hide, dart, dive into gravel? Is this not fear? Fear causes
>stress -- are they not stressed, now that you've stopped and they are
>gasping and nervously darting from plant to plant?
>Silly scientist. Good try, no cookies for you.
To this I must ask- what the heck would an oscar say?
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