LHH #16 – Sentient Creatures

Sunday, February 21st, 2010
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Why does Lauren think it’s wrong to eat meat?  It’s got something to do with big vocabulary words.                              

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  1. Chris Currie says:

    Thought having would be sapience. What true sentience is highly debated–you’re essentially asking the meaning of life–but the ballpark is anything capable of forming meaningful qualia based on stimuli. Pain and pleasure are two types of quales.

  2. Hessa Phadie says:

    How about….Sentient Creature: “One that feels pain when something is stuck up their ass”…fitting, apropos and it seems to actually work as a gauge.

    Also…I didn’t realize you two were motorboatin’ sons of bitches :P

  3. Lexi says:

    Sentience is the ability to feel or perceive subjectively. The term is used in philosophy (particularly in the philosophy of animal ethics and in eastern philosophy) as well as in science fiction and (occasionally) in the study of artificial intelligence. In each of these fields the term is used slightly differently.
    From Wikipedia:

    In eastern philosophy, sentience is a metaphysical quality of all things that requires our respect and care. In science fiction, sentience is “personhood”: the essential quality that separates humankind from machines or animals. Sentience is used in the study of consciousness to describe the ability to have sensations or experiences, known to some Western academic philosophers as “qualia”.

    Some advocates of animal rights argue that many animals are sentient in that they can feel pleasure and pain, and that this entails being entitled to some moral or legal rights.

    And I agree with you Lauren – rights or not, and I think the concept of “rights” is debatable anyway, eating the flesh of a sentient being creates more guilt than it’s worth. Plus you’ll never get Mad Cow disease.

  4. Deejay says:

    Great tnhiinkg! That really breaks the mold!

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