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Single Idea 3373

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / B. Behaviourism / 4. Behaviourism Critique]

Full Idea

If it is an analytic truth that anyone in pain has a tendency to wince or groan, what about snakes?

Gist of Idea

Snakes have different pain behaviour from us


Jaegwon Kim (Philosophy of Mind [1996], p. 37)

Book Reference

Kim,Jaegwon: 'Philosophy of Mind' [Westview 1998], p.37

A Reaction

Snakes do, however, exhibit what looks like 'I really don't like that' behaviour, and their rapid avoidance movements are identical to ours. On the other hand, I'm not quite sure what a snake does what it has a stomach upset. I see Kim's point.