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That Is Not "a Very Simple Question" At All!

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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on August 16, 2002 17:03:40 UTC

" When you see people in pain, do you also feel pain? "

That depends on what you mean by the question. "When you see people in pain" is an extremely vague idea as is "do you feel pain".

You could mean, I see someone sticking a pin in their finger who says, "Oh, that hurts!" That kind of pain is very personal and I certainly do not actually feel a pin in his finger; I have to take his word for it.

Are the people I see in pain really in pain or are they actors? That is, is this a case of seeing people in pain?

There are many movies which have brought tears to my eyes but does that constitute "pain"?

I am sorry but the answers a, b, and c are all equally defendable and equally useable depending on the circumstance and there is no blanket answer! To put it another way, any "blanket" answer is just plain Bull!

Sorry about refusing to answer -- Dick

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