Re: Sentience

From: fudley (
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 09:01:26 MDT

On Wed, 2 Jun 2004 "Ben Goertzel" <> said:

>You say that you don't have any idea what I mean by "sentience."
>If you check out or any other dictionary you will
>get the basic idea. I'm not being flippant.

No, not flippant, just wrong. If you expect to get philosophical
enlightenment from a dictionary you are nearly certain to be
disappointed. Example: If you look up “sentience” it will say something
like a thing that possessing conscious awareness; and if you look up
“consciousness or awareness it will say something that is sentient.

Slightly more useful is “an intelligent system that contains components
devoted to modeling and understanding itself and its relationship to its
environment”, but then it gets downright silly “and determining its own
overall actions”; A cuckoo clock determines its own overall actions.

John K Clark

-- - Or how I learned to stop worrying and
                          love email again

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