In hmolscience, sentient, as compared to “non-sentient”, refers to a thing that has sensation; a property peculiar to the domain of powered CHNOPS+ animate things.

In 2002, Christian de Quincey, in his Title, digressed a large extent in attempting to differentiate between “sentient” vs “insentient” division of things. [1]

In 2014, Deepak Chopra, in his debate (Ѻ) with Richard Dawkins, claimed that Freeman Dyson, in one of his works, argued that “atoms have sentience” and or that “atoms have awareness”.

The following are related quotes:

“Thus, a nexus of vibrating, non-sentient atoms somehow produced a totally new phenomenon in nature which we call sensation. The puzzling status of sensation in a universe where there are only two basic realities, atoms and space, and if we wished to press home the whole point, we could seriously question the reality of our whole sensor experience, as Democritus did.”
— George Strodach (1963), “Introduction to Epicurus: the Art of Happiness [2]

1. De Quincey, Christian. (2002). Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter (sentient, 45+ pgs). Invisible Cities Press.
2. Strodach, George. (1963). “Introduction” (§IV: Sensation and Perception) to Epicurus: the Art of Happiness (pg. 19). Penguin, 2012.

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