sentience

[ UK /sˈɛnʃəns/ ]
NOUN
  1. the readiness to perceive sensations; elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
    gave sentience to slugs and newts
  2. the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
    in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing
  3. state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
    the crash intruded on his awareness
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How To Use sentience In A Sentence

  • gave sentience to slugs and newts
  • It was just a vague sentience that it held significance for her in some, unreachable, context. DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION
  • The spider possesses a finely tuned sentience, harmonized to the vibrations of the web of its own making, the web of its own life by which it survives or starves.
  • Teleportation is nearly instantaneous once activated, and can generally be accomplished in the same OP during which Clairsentience was used to locate the target.
  • A robot may not harm sentience or, through inaction allow sentience to come to harm.
  • To say that "we" can -- never mind must -- control "our passions" is to say that there is a sentient self distinct from the very basis of sentience, to believe in some aetheric ghost-in-the-machine, some supernatural spirit of a mech-warrior pulling levers, pressing buttons, flicking switches, turning dials to make the meat-robot lumber from here to there. Stoicism, Sophistry and Sodomy
  • Johnny Got His Gun, wherein a maimed soldier, rigidly comatose, is agonizingly aware of his surroundings while utterly unable to communicate even a hint of his own sentience to those around his bed. Nasty, Brutish, and Short
  • The informal and individual nature of such taxonomies becomes obvious if we take a word like "person" and look at the philosophical problems that arise when it comes to nascence and sentience: many would not consider a human embryo a "person" until a certain stage of development; many would consider any sentient individual a person, regardless of humanity. THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART THREE
  • This evening focuses on the four clairs–clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and claircognizance–and how you can become “clear on your clairs.” Portland Book Events: January 11-January 17 - Reading Local: Portland
  • While we might take solace in our own anthropic prejudice, dismissing the nonsensical communiqués of such chatbots as nothing more than computerized gobbledygook, we might unwittingly miss a chance to study firsthand the babytalk of an embryonic sentience, struggling abortively to awaken from its own phylum of oblivion. Poetic Machines 05 : Christian Bök : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation
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