Should we eliminate the human ability to feel pain?

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  • hueyhuey Posts: 9,999 ✭✭✭✭✭
    hell no. bodily functions like that keep us alive. for example, if you put your arm in a furnace but felt no pain, you would get third degree burns and fuck up your appendage, possibly your life.

    or what about that kid who has some disease that causes her to feel no pain. this girl was poking her eyes and biting her tongue and lips so much her parents had her wearing gloves and swim goggles everywhere
    its....JOHN Binfamous114
  • CeLLaR-DooRCeLLaR-DooR Posts: 11,575 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It'd be better if we could make it so that pain doesn't hurt...Like you would feel a sensation...but it wouldn't be painful...

    No pain equals niggas not knowin' when their bodies are fucked up
  • PlutarchPlutarch Philly by way of Ca$hvillePosts: 1,905 ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2012
    freehuey89 wrote: »
    hell no. bodily functions like that keep us alive. for example, if you put your arm in a furnace but felt no pain, you would get third degree burns and fuck up your appendage, possibly your life.

    or what about that kid who has some disease that causes her to feel no pain. this girl was poking her eyes and biting her tongue and lips so much her parents had her wearing gloves and swim goggles everywhere

    The article/interview suggests to replace pain with a different stimulus, so even though we might not feel pain, we'll somehow know when it occurs but through a different and less "painful" experience. if that makes sense.

    I find this very interesting (reminds me of the bad guy from The World is Not Enough) but also very disturbing, and I think that that's only natural. The interviewee makes some good points, but he seems slightly overly optimistic and naive to me. He obviously wants a better world for people and animals (white people, smh), and that's a good thing. But I think that this would only drastically change the world, not neccessarily make it better. Humans are naturally "evil" (for a lack of a better word), and very little is going to change that regardless.

    Also, I don't think that other forms of pain and suffering like emotional and psychological pain will be affected. They may even be exacerbated. Picture someone stabbing you, and he and you both know that you can't feel the pain, but you still clearly see and know that your flesh is being torn apart and you have no idea if you're going to die or not because you can't really gauge your pain in the natural sense. So I don't think that this kind of technology gets rid of fear, so sadists will unfortantely still be in business.

    This world is already full of pussies and punks. The experience of pain makes you tough. Getting rid of pain will usher in a whole generation of weak people. And also think of how this would change sports (like boxing). Or how war will be changed. When we stray away from nature, we can only expect disaster. So to eliminating pain, I say no. But the interviewee rightfully says that each of us should be free to choose whether we want to or not, so it's not my choice to decide for others. Some will say yes. That's the price of freedom.
  • supYosupYo Posts: 5,790 ✭✭✭✭✭
    freehuey89 wrote: »
    hell no. bodily functions like that keep us alive. for example, if you put your arm in a furnace but felt no pain, you would get third degree burns and fuck up your appendage, possibly your life.

    or what about that kid who has some disease that causes her to feel no pain. this girl was poking her eyes and biting her tongue and lips so much her parents had her wearing gloves and swim goggles everywhere

    hell no is exactly what i wanted to say aint read the rest...but just yea i saw that with the girl i think....real bad

    but i was thinkin about other shit like bad people gettin the pain they deserve

  • LUClENLUClEN Sociologist. Logician. Champion Lova Babylon Posts: 17,465 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I think we'd be better off just making people less sensitive to pain. Too many soft kids nowadays.
    BoldChild
  • Off&OnOff&On Rarely do you see an emcee out for justice, got my gun powder and my musket Somewhere on point....like iciclesPosts: 17,899 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Pain is the main motivator for humans ...either emotional or physical..most of what people do in life is driven by the want and need to not feel pain
    Go figure
  • And StepAnd Step Posts: 3,726 ✭✭✭
    No. Why eliminate the only mechanism that protects you from yourself.

    "Pain the Gift that Nobody wants" - Brand
    I Self Lord & Masterknifeunspoken_respect
  • ShencotheMCShencotheMC KING Posts: 23,764 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I forgot what comic or whatever it was that said if you want to get rid of drugs you got to get rid of pain first.
    LUClEN
  • BoldChildBoldChild Born alone, die alone. Posts: 11,406 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The amount of pain we can feel should be lowered, but it shouldn't be eliminated completely.
  • I Self Lord & MasterI Self Lord & Master Posts: 1,892 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And Step wrote: »
    No. Why eliminate the only mechanism that protects you from yourself.

    "Pain the Gift that Nobody wants" - Brand

    great book, i picked it up the first time u mentioned it years ago.....thank you

    and cosign lol

  • MissKMissK Antisocial Pessimist Posts: 3,109 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And Step wrote: »
    No. Why eliminate the only mechanism that protects you from yourself.

    "Pain the Gift that Nobody wants" - Brand

    Will be picking this up, thank you.

    If we do not know pain, how will we appreciate true pleasure
    (speaking mainly about mental rather than physical but both can apply)

    Physical pain alerts the body and begins the response to fight it, I wouldn't want to get rid of that.
    knife
  • knifeknife Posts: 35
    Pain is a good thing actually, it's a warning sign that something is not right. Also, some people enjoy a little bit of pain, so eliminating it entirely would not make for a very happy population overall. When we are in pain, our body is telling us that we need to change something or go to the doctor.
  • mz.d.meanermz.d.meaner Posts: 103 ✭✭✭
    Should we eliminate the human ability to feel pain?

    no. because pain let's you know / become more aware when the body, has something wrong. yes we can sedate pain, but to eliminate? no
    unspoken_respect
  • UniversalmindstateUniversalmindstate Posts: 569
    edited January 2013
    MissK indirectly mentioned it...the same neurological system that produces pleasure is the same fibres that provides us pain, so it only makes sense not to reduce or eliminate pain, for it'll also dissipate our pleasure.
  • its a learning too how we understand sumthing is harmful to us
  • loch121loch121 Posts: 10,783 ✭✭✭✭✭
    No it let's the white man off for his crimes if niggas can't feel pain
  • unspoken_respectunspoken_respect I smell tittys Posts: 9,013 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Pain is a smoke alarm in a sense. Ignoring pain has caused many people to reach the final stages of diseases, which they then have no chance of treating. Pain is life.
    jono
  • GSonIIGSonII Posts: 2,687 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2013
    Eliminate the things that cause pain from first to final stage.
  • The Lonious MonkThe Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Posts: 17,472 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I've always wondered why humans can't just turn it off. Essentially, all pain is is an alarm. Once you're aware of the the condition, there is no reason for the alarm to keep going. It would be kinda cool, if we had more control over how much pain we felt. Even if we couldn't just turn it off, it would be nice to be able to turn it down without having to resort to drugs.
  • jonojono Right fist = power, left fist = unity Posts: 19,382 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Pain stimulates the brain.

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