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Comment Re:Human soceity not ready for this (Score 1) 370

I think you have misunderstood the meaning of the word sentience. Sentience is the capacity to feel not the capacity to reason. Your position that "Animals will never progress to sentience" is not a widely held belief. It is generally accepted that animals can feel and can suffer and are therefor sentient. For example: 'In 1997 the concept of animal sentience was written into the basic law of the European Union. The legally-binding protocol annexed to the Treaty of Amsterdam recognizes that animals are "sentient beings", and requires the EU and its member states to "pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals".' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentience#Animal_rights_and_sentience

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