Very interesting article about a girl born with a rare genetic defect that prevents her from feeling physical pain. Although I had realized in the abstract that feeling pain is necessary for self-protection, I hadn’t really considered the specifics. For instance, the girl’s self-explorations destroyed one eye and permanently damaged another before her parents realized that she had to be outfitted with goggles. (To bad the article is written in a gross faux-touching style.)
Donna at NoodleFood considers how this little girl’s case might apply to Peter Singer’s utilitarian philosophy, which is all about minimizing pain:
Read (as, AATS, they say) the whole thing.