Miguel Segundo-Ortin and Paco Calvo, Plant sentience? Between romanticism and denial: Science


A sentient state is a state that it feels like something to be in. Cows have them, cars don’t. Cognitive capacities are a subset of behavioral capacities. Not all behavioral capacities are cognitive (but the distinction is fuzzy). Might the difference have something to do with whether the behaver is sentient?

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Author Biography

Stevan Harnad is professor of cognitive science at Université du Québec à Montréal. His research is on category learning, language evolution, and consciousness. He is founder and former editor of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and current editor of Animal Sentience. Website