Why fish (likely) don't feel pain

Key, Brian (2015) Why fish (likely) don't feel pain. New York, NY, USA, Massimo Pigliucci.

Author Key, Brian
Title Why fish (likely) don't feel pain
Place of publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher Massimo Pigliucci
Publication date 2015-02-05
Series Scientia Salon
Editor Massimo Pigliucci
Total pages 1 Scholarly blog entry
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
What’s it feel like to be a fish? I contend that it doesn’t feel like anything to be a fish. Interestingly, much of our own lives are led without attending to how we feel. We just get on with it and do things. Most of the time we act like automatons. We manage to get dressed in the morning, or walk to the bus station, or get in the car and drive to the shops without thinking about what it feels like. Consequently, much of what we do is accomplished non-consciously.

There is an enormous amount of neural processing of information in the brain that never reaches our consciousness (that is, we never become aware of it and hence are unable to report it). I propose that fish spend all of their lives without ever feeling anything...

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Created: Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 11:07:18 EST by Professor Brian Key on behalf of School of Biomedical Sciences