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CAN PLANTS FEEL......PAIN??????

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>Subject: Re: CAN PLANTS FEEL......PAIN??????
>Date:	Thu, 4 Jan 1996 03:16:04 -0300
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>Hello again neuronetters!!!
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>When Lely Chow <lelyc at u.washington.edu> wrote:
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>> Greetings...  Cool question.  ... in order to feel pain in any kind of
>> emotional way, one needs a pretty fancy brain (like, with a cortex).
>
>then Sandra <sandraw at U.Arizona.EDU> acutely observed:
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>> Interestingly, there aren't any "pain neurons" in the somatosensory 
>> cortex. It is a puzzle as to how exactly pain is perceived at the 
>> concious level.
>
>In our local tradition pain is considered the final common way of all
>psychogenetic processes; so nobody would expect here that there be
>neurons specially devoted to differentiate it.  Contrarily, it (as well as
>every other differential production of subjective characterizations) is
>determined probably in the modulation of the hysteresis losses of
>the coupling between the conformation of the background fields and
>the configuration of still unidentified molecules; compare UK Patent
>1,582,301.  This seems connected with the same day (4 Jan 1996)
>wrote Dirk Caestecker <Dirk.Caestecker at medtronic.com> on the
>subject of peripheral neuropathy:
>> Dear,
>> I am working for the company medtronic where I represent the neuro 
>> division in Belgium.  One of the treatments to decrease the pain is 
>> neurostimulation.  A quadripolar electrode is put into the epidural 
>> space.  While stimulating with electric current, one blocks the pain 
>> signals to the brain.  This decreases the pain.
>
>                    Cyberkisses for everybody!
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