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  • n  state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
  • n  the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
  • n  the readiness to perceive sensations; elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
    gave sentience to slugs and newts"- Richard Eberhart

  • Yet once we realize that our own consciousness is a product of our brains and that other people have brains like ours, a denial of other people's sentience becomes ludicrous.
  • Some concede that sentience is still a mystery, but expect that an unborn genius will someday explain it to us as all.
  • The key is that the 'heroes' actually retain their sentience, so they appreciate the horrific nature of their actions, they just can't calm their insatiable hunger for human flesh.
News & Articles

  • Joaquin Phoenix finds real love with artificial intelligence in Spike Jonze's 'Her' (video)
    When sci fi narratives explore artificial intelligence approaching a human level of sentience, they tend to focus on the negative (Skynet, anyone?). Not so with Spike Jonze's new movie Her , a melancholy examination of what it means to be human in an increasingly inhuman world. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a social recluse who finds a friend in his smartphone's Siri-inspired assistant ...
    Aug. 7, 2013 - Engadget

  • Raymond Tallis in
    Still, as Tallis says (with a clunkiness rare in his writing): "We have transformed everything by virtue of our unique human ability to collectivize the sentience that we share with other animals and make of it a property of a community of minds."

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