2010/1/20 Brent Meeker <meeke...@dslextreme.com>:

> But it also needs to be similar enough to us that we can intuit what hurts
> is and what doesn't, to empathize that it may feel pain.  If my car runs out
> of oil does it feel pain?  I'm sure my 1966 Saab doesn't, but what about my
> 1999 Passat - it has a computer with an auto-diagnostic function?

Your car does not necessarily feel pain. A patient with a blood
pressure monitor will seek medical review if his BP is too high, but
he will not necessarily feel pain; maybe he will feel a mild anxiety,
maybe he will feel annoyance at having to go to the doctor, maybe he
won't feel anything at all despite understanding the implications.

Stathis Papaioannou

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