Do Cells have Feelings?

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Do Cells have Feelings?

Post by greenroomer » Sun May 08, 2005 9:18 pm

Hi all,

Perhaps this is a bit elementary, but do cells have feelings? Do cells experience pain or mental distress?

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Post by MrMistery » Sun May 08, 2005 9:20 pm

I guess the pain receptors would experience pain :) :)
Generally, no, they don't
What do you mean exactly by this question?
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Do Cells have Feelings?

Post by greenroomer » Sun May 08, 2005 9:27 pm

To elaborate more on this question, how are we to know if killing cells is wrong? If they are a life form why do we not worry about killing them when we engage in debates about whether killing animals or plants is wrong?

I'm having an internal debate and I'm trying to find some reason why killing cells is okay, but killing humans is not.

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Post by mith » Sun May 08, 2005 10:45 pm

It's wrong because the law says it's wrong. Purely instinctive drive would dictate that we kill for food/territory/mates, unless of course there was some benefits to a community. See our other thread on altruism.
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Post by hiro » Tue May 10, 2005 1:48 am

o...well...
can i ask u questions?
u..as a human, as a kind of creature....your body consists of different kinds of functional cells.....
do u have feeling?
and can i kill your cells which are inside your body?

p.s. my english is not good...gramma may make a mistake

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Post by mith » Tue May 10, 2005 2:44 am

I don't understand what you're trying to say.
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Re: Do Cells have Feelings?

Post by hiro » Tue May 10, 2005 9:28 am

greenroomer wrote:To elaborate more on this question, how are we to know if killing cells is wrong? If they are a life form why do we not worry about killing them when we engage in debates about whether killing animals or plants is wrong?

I'm having an internal debate and I'm trying to find some reason why killing cells is okay, but killing humans is not.


^^'''i told you my eng is bad..hahaha
i mean according to geenroomer said, how are we to know....is wrong? so i give human as an example here...and think of the cells inside human body and then kill our cells...see whether it is right or wrong...
don't just think animals and plants are different from us...we are both creatures only...

= =/// understand?? :oops: :oops:

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Post by MrMistery » Wed May 11, 2005 8:16 pm

Here is a better example. If killing cells was wrong, than you would never wash your hands or brush your teeth not to kill bacteria?
Or is it wrong to purify water(kill bacteria+protists) in order to keep people healthy?
Is it wrong to kill a patogen bacteria?
Without being mean or unfair i think i can safely say that you are wrong. Killing cells has nothing to do with ethics
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Post by cm5687 » Thu May 12, 2005 8:01 am

i completely agree with you andrew, killing cells is not wrong, without it we may never be able to develop new drugs/cures. i agree with cloning for stem cells, however if the embryo has reached the point where it has devolped the basic human charteristics of being able to think etc then it is wrong

killing humans is different to killing cells, we are aware that we are alive, they are not, they do not feel pain or any other emotion

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Post by Poison » Thu May 12, 2005 5:28 pm

I think the strongest fact about human is the 'emotion'.
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Post by cm5687 » Thu May 12, 2005 7:00 pm

that is my point how can something be truely alive and human (this is referring to the cloning debate that is on going) if it does not have the most basic of all human traits emotion, the ability to love, to hate and to feel sympathy makes us human. this is why i agree with cloning for whatever purpose as long as we can be sure that the embryo does not display these human traits, this also applies to animals as they show these traits.

indvidual cells do not show emotions, people dont say sorry bacteria when they stand on them.

i think i mite be going off on one now and straying off the subject

basically individual cells do not feel, they have no where to process them, a collection of cells can feel but only after a certain point
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Post by Tam » Tue May 17, 2005 4:42 pm

erm...

im not sure i understand the question.

you dont see hippies joining hands, waving candles and singing "we shall overcome" over cell death.
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