By systematic and scientific training is it possible to produce that perfect type of manhood gifted with the best powers of what we are wont to call the ‘lower orders of creation’—keen sighted and swift of motion as a bird, sharp-scented as a greyhound, faithful and acute as a dog, and full of sentient wisdom as an elephant.
A touch on the lever sent the machine sinking rapidly towards a green rectangle, so regular as to suggest the work of sentient creatures.
And now, perhaps, the thing was beginning to feel the first glimmerings of a consciousness, like a human child rising out of the blurred, unremembering fog of birth. Strange, oily nodules, scattered throughout its tissues, connected by means of a complex network of delicate, white threads, which had the functions of a nervous system, were developing and growing—giving to the sporeplant from Mars the equivalent of a brain. Here was a sentient vegetable in the formative stage. A sentient vegetable? Without intelligence it is likely that the ancestors of this nameless invader from across the void would long ago have lost their battle for survival.
Secondly, the true schizophrenic paranoid cannot rail against a mechanistic fate. He must find some sentience to fight, some evil mind to combat. For the paranoid feels that he can win in the end, which of course would be impossible against a case of mechanistic doom. Therefore Carroll needed some sentient manifestation of this doom, something that he could strike at, fight against. Therefore he has accused an ‘alien culture’ of tampering with the records to prevent us from knowing the truth.
If you can imagine a sharp tool made sentient, you may guess a little of how what followed seemed to us, who were so integral a part of the tremendous conflict, the ultimate destruction.
Imponderable forces shifted when that cleavage took place. You and I know nothing about it, for it happened far beyond the perceptions of any sentient creature. But it happened. Oh yes, it happened.
In the first place, the pillows were sentient and intelligent.
In the third place—This was where Kent’s mind jibbed. Really, it was no more fantastic than the assumption he had already made, without much mental discomfort, that they could influence the flow of events. But this was something that every human being, that every sentient being, takes for granted every moment of his life. To endow the pillows with this ability was to fracture the supporting column of the Universe.
Really, it was no more fantastic than the assumption he had already made, without much mental discomfort, that they could influence the course of events. But this was something that every human being, that every sentient being, takes for granted every moment of his life.
I did not trap it. I knew it was sentient and treated it as such.
If you can image a sharp tool made sentient, you may guess a little of how what followed seemed to us, who were so integral a part of the tremendous conflict, the ultimate destruction.
He'll come like a thief in the night—and in heavy disguise. He could be anybody—or anything—at all, any sentient beastie in the galaxy.
But four years elapsed before Hamilton’s account of ‘The Space Visitors’ appeared in Air Wonder Stories (March 1930), with an editorial reference to ‘The Book of the Damned’ and the evidence it offered that ‘over the past 150 years there has been strange extra-terrestrial activity, presumably from sentient beings’.
She had been instructed from birth in the equality of all sentient life forms.
Caleb transferred his slack-jawed stare to the ceiling pickup, and said wonderingly, ‘He sounds almost sentient.’
However, the vast majority of naturally evolved, sentient beings would be revolted by the notion.
It looked like a biology lesson for gods, or a snapshot of the kind of pornography which might be enjoyed by sentient planets.
‘What would you say…if I told you I think Angelmass has become sentient?’ ‘I'd probably say you'd been working too hard…it’s a black hole. A fruitcake would have more chance of spontaneously developing sentience than it would.’
The OED has definitions relating to feeling or sensation, but not to intelligence.
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In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.