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To think we may, actually, be sentient

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spiderslegs Fri 08-Jul-11 02:13:44

It's poor form to be crowing about the NotW.

Christ, it was shit & prurient.

& full of tits.

Is anyone really surprised about what happened or do you just love outrage?

& it only folded because the advertisors pulled, not because the Grauniad hated it.

There is no win here.

spiderslegs Fri 08-Jul-11 02:14:54


spiderslegs Fri 08-Jul-11 02:15:42

Nothing will change.

You know that, don't you?

Andrewofgg Fri 08-Jul-11 10:25:38

While there is a market for rubbish there will be a supply. It's better than the Pravda/Isvestia alternative.

TrillianAuror Fri 08-Jul-11 10:29:36

We may or may not be sentient. I don't think it's something that we will ever quite figure out. Francis Crick (of Watson&Crick, DNA) spent a long time at the end of his life working on the science of consciousness.

It makes sense to behave as if we are though.

By the way, your title seems to have nothing to do with the content of your post, have you been letting Gabby write it for you?

TheAtomicBum Fri 08-Jul-11 10:36:00

Sentience exists if you can agree that the human mind displays the quality of consiousness, which cannot be explained away by an analysis of neurons, hormones and neural pathways. It is more than the sum of it's parts. We can make independent decisions that are often unpredictable (dispite what behavioural conditioning might claim), and have a variety of feelings and even react totally differently to the same stimulai as the enxt person.

Sentience and indeed consciousness itself exists whether it is an illusion or not. Whether we are an independent being or a colony of single celled organisms acting like one being, it matters not.

We are alive. We think. We feel. We are sentient.

If you prick us, do we not bleed?

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