Do Cells have Feelings?

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Post by mith » Fri May 27, 2005 4:38 am

So, reflexes don't count as emotions right?
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Post by Chris4 » Fri May 27, 2005 8:38 am

ummm. no.
Think about a reflex action you or I would do. Its instinct.
I would describe emotions as love, hate, fear, pleasure, sadness... I dont think you can describe them as relexes.
But.. thats just me. People may describe relexes and emotions differently.

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Post by DoctorGeorge » Sat May 28, 2005 3:46 pm

Most cells aren't equipped to feel pain, and emotion even more so. I wouldn't be so naive as to assume that induvidual cells have no consciousness, but we have no way of telling if they are emotive. As for pain, I understand that nerve cells tell the brain that they are being damaged, and it's then the brain that creates the pain to warn our body to move or stop the damage; although, that's just an educated guess.

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Post by Mister Jon » Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:21 am

I agree in saying they don't - They have no nerves or pain receptors so therefore cannot 'feel'. The nucleus, nicknamed 'the brain' of a cell cannot contain feelings either because they only contain genetic material.
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Post by Inuyasha » Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:46 am

NO. Think about it. Feelings are emotional sitimulates. Can individual cells receive these simulates. NO. THINK. Can cells think? NO. Therefore they can not have emotion.
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Post by b_d_41501 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:34 pm

DEFINITELY NOT :lol:
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Post by biostudent84 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:44 pm

Inuyasha wrote:NO. Think about it. Feelings are emotional sitimulates. Can individual cells receive these simulates. NO. THINK. Can cells think? NO. Therefore they can not have emotion.


They can't think from your perspective. No one's ever been ask the cell if it's able to think...

Do you think? Or is it just neurons firing in patterns in your brain?

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Post by b_d_41501 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:46 pm

They fire in thinking patterns, I think? lol. I do get what you are saying though.
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Post by Ken Ramos » Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:36 am

Given the ability to think, consider this. An amoeba, a single celled or unicellular organism, exhibits choice in selecting food. It has no brain in the way that we think of a brain but instead must have some sort of bio- receptors to distinguish what is food and what is not food. If there are bio-recpeptors of some sort, would they or could they be controled by the nucleus or operate independantly from it. Could we say that this particular cell is capable of thought or reasoning? Remember it is capable of making a choice and is a single cell. :)
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Post by MrMistery » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:20 pm

it's not a choice. it's only proteins with specific functions of binding to a specific "thing" :wink:
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Post by Eminem » Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:18 am

My point of view is that if you look at this question in a cellular point of view, then no, cell does not feel at all. In fact, even we, humans, do not feel. What does the word feel mean? It is simply a cause and effect : for example, someone punches you, you feel the pain, then you may feel sadden or anger. So if that is the definition of feeling, what is the difference between human feeling and reactions programed in a computer.

These human emotions can be simply a message sent by your nerve cells to the brain (kind of like the electric current sent by a computer to the centre CPU)

So...

(this is getting interesting ) 8)

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Post by mikki » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:43 pm

Cells die off everyday and more are created to replace the dead ones. Maybe read up on the life cycle of a cell.

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