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February 19, 2021 - Phys.org

How does it feel to be a bee? The quest to understand animal sentience

How does it feel to be a bee? The quest to understand animal sentience
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What is it like to be a bee? Or a spider? Does a crab feel pleasure or pain? Behavioural and welfare science have moved on considerably in the past 20 years, but there is still a huge amount we don't know about how animals actually feel—or, indeed, whether they all do.

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“In my work with the defendants (at the Nuremberg Trials 1945-1949) I was searching for the nature of evil and I now think I have come close to defining it. A lack of empathy. It’s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants, a genuine incapacity to feel with their fellow men.
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