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Daemon
Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM
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sentience

(noun) State of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness.

Synonyms: awareness

Usage: The movie's premise, that machines had evolved a certain element of sentience and were rebelling against their human oppressors, made me nervous to turn on my computer.
ChildofTheKing
Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010 1:27:36 AM

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Denial or arrogance (or a combination thereof) provoked such a frenzied and threatened wave of passion within them, that they were blinded by the belief that this enlightened, enigmatic and unfamiliar Je ne sais quoi, could not be human - at least, not in that 'skin.' Consequently, all manner of duplicitous and unlawful tactics were employed to satisfy their miscalculations, inclusive of botched and bought assessments to determine 'its' authenticity and biological composition; after all, they even claimed, it could be sentience alien.
henryjimw
Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010 6:22:44 AM

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Should not that be sentient alien as opposed to sentience alien? Perjaps a typo? PERHAPS HUBRIS WAS THE REASON THE TIRTANIC SUNK.
LeadPal
Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010 5:32:55 PM

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Sentience is not to be confused with sapience, the ability to reason. Many animals are sentient, but only humans are sapient. Indeed, that's why we're Homo Sapiens.

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Epiphileon
Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010 8:25:29 PM

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My question is, what exactly is "undifferentiated consciousness?"
It may be painfully obvious once explained but, as for now the phrase baffles me.

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LeadPal
Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010 9:42:14 PM

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"Undifferentiated" in the sense of "not specialized". A sentient being isn't necessarily intelligent enough to think about anything in particular. A horsefly is aware of its surroundings, but its decisions are based on instinct, not thought.

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