Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive or experience subjectively. Eighteenth-century philosophers used the concept to distinguish the ability to think (reason) from the ability to feel (sentience). In modern Western philosophy, sentience is the ability to experience sensations (known in philosophy of mind as “quailia“). In Eastern philosophy, sentience is a metaphysical quality of all things that requires respect and care. The concept is central to the philosophy of animal rights, because sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer, and thus is held to confer certain rights.
Our lives at this time in history may introduce another “definition” or area to consider in the investigation of Sentience. This is the area of “Sentient Potential” a field of study dedicated to the very important questions we may be facing in the not too distant future regarding future techonologies in brain-machine interface.
I just happened upon the Sentient Potential Website while browsing the internet in my quest for understanding my recent obsession with the concept of Sentience. In the website the term “Sentient Potential” is defined as: “the potential evolution, development, and expansion of all intelligence and awareness, a concept that goes beyond “human potential” to encompass the entirety of living and aware beings.”
This new discovery on the internet has me thinking about this vision that has sprung from my subconscious in the past 6 months to become the focus of my work at this time. The connection between nature and technology has once again entered into the concepts I am working out in images. (see “The Magical Mystery Stones: June 2013 archives: Magical Mystery Stones
Mind, nature and technology… the Sentient Worlds that will unfold in the ongoing stories of The Sentient Beings. Stay tuned…..