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Subjectivity NuancePlay
Sentient emphasizes having subjective experiences, not just any reaction to stimuli. SlideThe dog seems sentient as it appears to experience joy and sadness.
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Philosophical UsePlay
Used in philosophy to debate the ability of non-humans to think or feel. SlideIs the sentient mind unique to humans, or do animals possess it too?
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Emotional DepthPlay
Highlights the capacity for deep feelings, going beyond basic senses. SlideSome argue that sentient creatures can feel not only pain but also love.