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


Based on the literature on human consciousness, we suggest that to demonstrate sentience in a system, one needs to demonstrate both conscious and unconscious processing in the system. Major theories of consciousness require the existence of both conscious and unconscious processes. Contrasting effects of conscious and unconscious processes have been successfully used in human studies and have begun being applied in animal sentience research as well.

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Author Biography

Ivan Ivanchei, postdoctoral researcher, Consciousness, Cognition & Computation Group, U. Libre de Bruxelles and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, Conscious Brain Lab, U. Amsterdam, does research on the role of affect in cognitive control and conscious perception. Website

Nicolas Coucke, Doctoral Candidate, Consciousness, Cognition and Computation Group and IRIDIA laboratory, U. Libre de Bruxelles, investigates collective intelligence in human groups and artificial systems. Website

Axel Cleeremans, F.R.S-FNRS Research Director, Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences, Université libre de Bruxelles, and senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, is interested in the value of consciousness and in the differences between what we can do with and without awareness. Website