The Evolution of Pain

@inproceedings{Acerbi2007TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Pain},
  author={Alberto Acerbi and Domenico Parisi},
  booktitle={ECAL},
  year={2007}
}
We describe two simple simulations in which artificial organisms evolve an ability to respond to inputs from within their own body and these inputs themselves can evolve. In the first simulation the organisms develop an ability to respond to a pain signal caused by body damage by stopping looking for food when they feel pain since resting while the body is damaged accelerates healing of the body and increases the individual’s survival chances. In the second simulation the pain signal itself… CONTINUE READING

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