Scientists: Flies May Have Capacity For Fear

According to new research from Caltech, fruit flies are capable of entering a fear-like state when they see a shadow from a fly swatter, suggesting that small insects might contain the building blocks for emotion, though it’s unclear whether they experience emotions the way humans do. What do you think?

“Good. If they can learn fear, they can be taught respect.”

Marcus Ortiz • Cable Box Replacer


“No one who’s ever locked eyes with a fly in its last moments needs a study to tell them that.”

Antonio Belmonte • Consigliere

“At least one of us feels something.”

Elaine Robbins • Systems Analyst