Burgos, José E. (2017) Fish sentience: A hypothesis worth pursuing. Animal Sentience 13(12)
Michael L. Woodruff, Consciousness in teleosts: There is something it feels like to be a fish
Woodruff’s case for fish sentience is intriguing. Though far from ready for final acceptance, it is worth pursuing. The case is philosophically uncontroversial under functionalism and reductive materialism. It is also highly heuristic, as it raises interesting issues for further investigation, such as the neural causation of behavior, the role of Mauthner cells in conditioned avoidance, and whether operant conditioning is constitutive of fish sentience.